On the 7th July a group of us set off to see the opening night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Liverpool Empire and we were in for a treat! I had seen the original film way back in 1988, starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, and remembered a slick, witty, laugh-out-loud comedy, so I was keen to see how the musical version would compare – it did not disappoint! The musical is a funny, lavish, beautifully staged romp with plenty of razzle-dazzle which we all enjoyed.
Set on the French Riviera in stylish Beaumont-sur-Mer, Lawrence Jamieson is a charming, sophisticated British con artist whose aim is to separate wealthy females from their money. He is assisted in his endeavours by his manservant, Andre, and he enjoys a lavish lifestyle, living off the fruits of his deceptions, until American hustler, Freddy Benson, arrives on the scene. The two are determined to outwit each other and eventually compete to swindle American heiress, Christine Colgate, out of her fortune – but is she all she seems?
The production stars Michael Praed as Lawrence (Robin Hood, Robin of Sherwood) and Noel Sullivan as Freddy, with the wonderful Mark Benton playing Andre. However, for one of our group, Hillary, the star of the show has to be Carley Stenson (Steph, Hollyoaks) as the feisty American heiress, Christine Colgate. Hillary is a friend of Carley’s sister, and remembers Carley as a fifteen year old who used to help her sister run step classes! Hillary was thrilled to have the opportunity to watch Carley perform on stage.
The musical is a wonderful escape to another time and another place. Many thanks to Sue for organising the trip – especially the fantastic seats!
Many Thanks to Teresa for this brilliant write up of her theatre visit!