Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

 

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

15 - 18 February 2017

London Oratory School Theatre
Seagrave Road
London
SW6 1RX

Director: Damian Sandys
Musical director: Kris Rawlinson
Choreographer: Kim Schenkelaars
Assistant director: Jamie Miller
Producer: Sarah Prescott

Read the Sardines Review
Read the NODA Review
Read the Musical Theatre Musings Review
Read the From the House Seats Review

About the show:

Performed by Cygnets direct from the West End and its recent UK tour, and described as a 'scandalous delight' by London critics, the stage show was based on the 1988 film of the same name.


The action is set on the French Riviera, where a debonair English con man, masquerading as a disinherited prince, seduces unattached ladies and persuades them to part with their cash. He has the local police chief in his pocket and all is going well, until a rival con man arrives in town, and threatens his lucrative pitch. 

Cast:

Lawrence: Jonny Clines
Freddy: Russell Hughes
Christine: Charlotte Donald
Muriel: Katy Goddard
Andre: Russell Bramley
Jolene: Rachel Kitchen
Renee: Sarah Grey
Gerard: Will Prescott
Lenore: Beci Sageman
Sophia: Sally Reeve
Croupier: Leoncio Hernandez
Conductor: Nino Stylianou
Hotel Manager: Rob Malone
Nikos: Gavin Murphy
Dance captain: Lauren O'Mara

Female ensemble: 
Millie Asquith, Emily Atkinson, Emily Bowers, Natalie Cave, Phoebe Fleetham, Lizzie Kempson, Deborah Lowe, Emily O'Mahony, Lauren O'Mara, Aimee Parnell, Madeleine Pullen, Helen Reeve Morris, Michelle Remnant, Vicki Rice, Kirsty Rome, Angie Schultz

Male ensemble: 
Sean Anderson, Freddy Bowen, Alex Johnson, Darren Lewis, Ewan Ridgewell, Jamie Wright

Photos

Photography by Micah Joel

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Show Reviews

"Jamie Miller-Hughes brought both her acting experience, and first-hand knowledge of All Shook Up, to the roles of Director/Producer. Attention to detail was obviously stressed as the end product was both precise and polished. The entire show ran smoothly and the full house witnessed a superb show."

"Kim Schenkelaars (Choreographer) and Aoife Considine (Assistant Choreographer) combined to ensure a huge amount of pace and energy in all dance routines."

"Barry Lattimore-Quinn took on the hugely demanding role of Chad. Barry’s dancing skills and athletic movement were perfect for this high-energy role and character. Overall, Barry delivered an excellent performance."

"Jessica Laing gave a superb performance as Natalie/Ed. Jessica has a fabulous singing voice, which was repeatedly demonstrated throughout the show, together with maturity, apparent ease and great humour. A fabulous all-round performance."

"Alex Blackie demonstrated his fine character acting as ‘nerdish’ Dennis. Alex’s general awkwardness, diction and facial expressions were great and his singing skills came to the fore in the wonderful solo 'It Hurts Me'."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"Threatening to steal the show with her vocals was Harriet Ruby as Sylvia. Ruby had a brilliantly strong belt who knew how to use it and also knew when the song needed a more tender treatment."

"In all of the big ensemble numbers the harmonies were spot on and sounded really full. I can tell that M.D Michael Searle would have worked really hard with the cast to get that sound."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

 

"Aimee Parnell is to be congratulated as Director for this wonderful piece of theatre. Attention to detail was precise, the movement of props during the musical numbers was effortless and the overall pace was terrific."

"Kim Schenkelaars deserves huge credit as Choreographer and for including so much energy and variety into the dance routines.... the choreography was fabulous and really added to the show’s appeal."

"Glen Jordan portrayed Moritz ... with just the right amount of teenage angst Glen’s emotional acting of his songs showed a total understanding of what he was portraying."

"Josh Yard and Laura Harrison both did exceptionally well in playing every adult part and for delivering some chilling moments together with humour and even sensitivity. Their scenes as grieving parents were extremely well handled and all their various characters carefully reflected general attitudes of the time period."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"I was impressed at the strength of the cast across the board. Matthew Wright played Melchior opposite Veronique Piercy’s Wendla. Wright’s self assurance contrasted nicely against Piercy’s youthful innocence. Piercy opened the show with ‘Mama Who Bore Me,’ and her assured clear tone set the bar high for the rest of the night."

"The music was also beautifully delivered with Harriet Oughton at the helm. They mastered the score from the rocky aggressive numbers which really packed a punch to the beautifully balanced and harmony rich numbers"

"It is shows like that that help blur the line between amateur and professional theatre."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings Review

"Phoebe Fleetham must first and foremost be congratulated for her role as Director and ensuring this production was slick, highly polished and a resounding success."

"Keith Walters, Rosie Orchard, Joanne Frazer and Paul Nicholas Dyke provided the principal ‘line up’ for this show and it was impossible to fault their performances in anyway. Virtually on stage throughout the entire production, I was hugely impressed with the characterisation of each principal, their consistent accents and vocal ranges. They were nothing short of superb."

"Will Prescott (1st Man) and Russell Hughes (2nd Man) provided additional light relief and certainly worked well together. Carefully maintaining their accents and characters throughout, their standout moment came in their duet ‘Brush Up You Shakespeare’."

Des Wilby
NODA Review

"The highlight of the show for me had to be the opening of Act 2 with ‘Too Darn Hot.’ Vicki Rice, the choreographer had devised a number that all of the cast could execute with real flair and a huge amount of energy and had clearly drilled them repeatedly. This resulted in a real feast for the eyes and ears."

"I must congratulate Cygnet Players on a high standard of production; with a sizzling production number, leads that oozed their characters and a wonderful orchestra this is a great show to see if you love the golden age musicals."

Sarah McPartlan
Musical Theatre Musings

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