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Monday, June 05, 2023

Mrs Doubtfire @ Shaftesbury Theatre - My two-word review: Doubtfire misses

My two-word review: Doubtfire misses

My slightly longer review: Last week Stuart and I went to see new musical comedy Mrs. Doubtfire at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London glitzy West End.

The show is "lovingly based on" the 1993 hit film where Robin Williams plays a divorced dad named Daniel who disguises himself as a hearty old Scottish nanny so he can spend time with his kids.

The film pulled off this premise at the time, primarily thanks to Williams’s charms. Here Gabriel Vick’s Daniel is more irritating than entertaining, and his antics — which include hacking into his wife’s email account to sabotage her nanny search — are more creepy than kooky.

The acting is over-egged. The premise dated at best, border-line suspect.

The show, which has been created by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell (book) with original music and lyrics by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, is frankly utterly forgettable.

We came out humming the building work outside in the street.

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