What chestnut-cracking season’s complete without multiple bonkers reenactments of Dicken’s Scrooge, pussy jokes articulated in beautiful Victorian English, a couple of murders and some good old festive references to sodomy – falalalala la la la la? ★★★★
You’ll feel as though you’re part of the merry, mulled wine fuelled mischief as you sit in Lady Ermintrude’s (Bethany Greenwood) and Lady Griselda’s (Steffi Walker) parlour, gawping at the goodwill gropings, soaking up the sh*t-stick, nun-f*cking, five-gold-ringing banter. If you’re lucky, dashing Gideon (Monty Jones) might share his good tidings, and sleigh-bell his plum-pudding on your Christmas-tree, (sit on ya knee).
This is a non-stop 80 mins of festive frolics, a royal Noël, and the reality that being attracted to the same sex was no Winter Wonderland when Queen Victoria reigned. Director Dave Spencer’s magic matches that of Saint Nicholas with this medley of narratives, portrayed seamlessly as if you were a wiseman at the scene after Virgin Mary popped out the crucifix-lounger.
Mrs Winterbottom’s (Lottie Davies) boobage, drunken friskiness and Welsh inflections make her the shiniest bauble, sparkliest star and filthiest fairy on this Xmas evergreen. To get you Rockin’ Around ya crimbo conifer and jolly with eggnog-ing spirit, Victorian & Gay should be on your Christmas list.
Mon to Sat: 8 – 31 Dec 2015
7.45pm & 5.45pm (selected dates) £14/£12
The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RL
Phone: 0333 666 3366
Reviewed by Thabian Sutherland