REVIEW: The Boyfriend, Dronfield Civic Theatre

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It’s impossible not to like Sandy Wilson’s feel-good comedy musical. In the capable hands of director Mary Newey, Woodseats Musical Theatre Company put on a good show and seem to be thoroughly enjoying the process.

We know we are in for a treat as the five- piece band strikes up that distinctive jazzy 1920’s period music and the girls do the typical musical hall dance moves with arms straight down and bended knees to the title song.

The rich English school girls led by the irrepressible Maisie, a wonderful Danielle Smith, spend much of the time giggling and indulging in high jinks whilst giving the local Nice French boys the runaround.

Part of the fun of the play is that there are no less than seven romances running simultaneously although Lord Brockhurst’s roving eye stretches beyond poor Lady Brockhurst.

The sweet central love affair is between popular schoolgirl Polly Browne played by Kate Mitchell and lowly messenger Tony Brockhurst played by Adam Walker. Despite Mitchell’s beautiful singing voice and Walker’s ripping cheeky boyish grin, their romance seems to falter.

The acting, singing, dancing, costumes and set are all first class, making it a success for the whole company.

Finally, just as I thought I was being clever comparing the French accents of Adele Beckett as Hortense and a terrific Marilyn Barker as Madame Dubonnet to the cast of ‘Allo ‘Allo!, I find the joke is on me as Hortense utters Michelle’s immortal line, “Listen carefully, I shall say this only once”. Great stuff.