This is another production by the fantastic company, National Youth Theatre Rep running alongside Consensual as a part of their 2018 West End Season – if features the same actors as Consensual, and to be honest some of these actors have so main roles in both shows, I really don’t know how they remember their lines! I know that I certainly couldn’t do it – so total respect to all of them ?
I have to admit that this is probably one of my favourite shows i’ve seen this year.
The Synopsis (taken from the Soho Theatre website)
A DIRTY ROYAL LOVE STORY
The extraordinary untold story of a young Victorian royal and her forbidden love.
In the year that royal wedding fever gripped the globe and the people demanded to take back control, go behind the gates of Buckingham Palace to meet a young Victoria – a woman with the weight of the world on her shoulders and Edward Jones – a boy who is only going to make it much more complicated. Adored by the tabloids, hated by the establishment and loved by the people, what was he to her? Lover, stalker, terrorist – or all three?
First and foremost, this is a love story, although it features historical characters Queen Victoria ( Alice Vilanculo) and Prince Albert, (Oseloka Obi) we get to see behind the Royal facade and tradition that they are just 2 young people nervous about their impending marriage and the responsibilities that this will bring – BUT…Victoria has another problem, she is actually in love with a less suitable suitor Ed (Jamie Ankrah) – will she run off with him or fulfill her obligation to her country?
The language is definitely 14yrs + as the show suggests, it’s a mix between old fashioned ‘posh’ English and urban ‘street’ slang with song lyrics ending with – “Let me be, a badman Queen” ? so funny, I love it!
As usual with this cast there were some really stand out performances, Victoria’s mother, The Duchess (Simran Hunjun) was brilliant as the annoying, pushy mother who was a stickler for tradition. Ed (Jamie Ankrah) was fantastic as the love interest, with many good scenes, particularly the “Living my best life” scene was absolutely hilarious!
Albert (Oseleoka Obi) has a fantastic scene where he serenades Victoria with a well-known R’n’B classic tune that will have you in absolute stitches of laughter ?
The final actor that really stood out, was the comedic genius of Sasha (Aidan Cheng) he had the audience is hysterics everytime he came on stage, he didn’t even have to speak, just his whole persona portrayal and body language was enough to keep us laughing!
The script is excellent with really funny lines and a fast moving plot, that is very funny but believable.
If you want to see a mix of comedy, rapping, signing and great acting you won’t go wrong with this production, grab tickets before the run ends!
Performance Dates and Times & Tickets
Venue: Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Dates: Saturday 27 October – Saturday 10th November 2018
Performances: 2pm & 7pm
Tickets: £12 +
Ticket Office: 020 7478 0100 or Soho Theatre
Thanks for reading!