Don't blame hard-working cast for disappointment
Theatre Royal Plymouth until tomorrow
I know we're approaching Christmas, but I'm afraid this review is going to be more Scrooge than White Christmas.
It's very difficult to put my finger on what is wrong with Radio Times, because on paper it should be a rip-roaring, uplifting show.
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It features the music of Noel Gay, the man who wrote Me and My Gal and hit songs which include Run Rabbit Run, The Lambeth Walk and The Sun Has Got Its Hat On.
The show is set in the Criterion Theatre in London during the Blitz. Taking 'the show must go on' as their motto, Sammy Shaw (Gary Wilmot), girlfriend Olive (Sara Crowe) and company want to press ahead with a vital live radio show which will reach American audiences, perhaps persuading them to enter the war.
Heathcliffe Bultitude (John Conroy) is the bumptious producer charged with making sure they all comply with wartime regulations. After all, careless talk costs lives.
You can't fault these three actors or the rest of the talented company for their hard work and enthusiasm, but all the jokes and one-liners in the world won't make up for a dull script and the lack of a compelling storyline.
A serious disappointment, especially as the musical numbers in themselves were witty, clever and well presented.