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What an odd musical this is. A Brechtain allegory on the British class system by Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley with a (long) pun for a title! Waiting for Godot – The Musical.

Set in a Big Top (well, this in the Finbrorough, so not so big – but a superb use of the space) with a game board floor on which an incomprehensible game between Sir and Cocky is taking place, in a Mornington Crescent sort of way. Sir appears to make up the rules to suit himself; Cocky can’t possibly win. Our other characters are The Kid, The Girl, The Negro (this show is 47 years old!), The Bully and six ‘Urchins’ dressed as Pierrot’s just like Oh What A Lovely War. As I said a, Brechtian allegory in a Beckett frame! I loved it.

It’s got some great songs, including standards Who Can I Turn To, Look At That Face, The Joker and Feeling Good, which are sung brilliantly by a first class cast and played miraculously by Ross Leadbetter on solo piano. Somehow, the Finborough have attracted hugely experienced director Ian Judge and hugely talented designer Tim Goodchild to give this odd little show a stunning production. Matthew Ashforde is outstanding as Cocky and Oliver Beamish a perfect Sir. There’s excellent support from Lucy Watts as The Kid and Terry Doe as The Negro and a fine ensemble.

It’s not a great show, but I doubt it could get a better production. It’s a bit baffling in 2011, so it must have been utterly mind-blowing in 1964 and positively jaw-dropping when it hit Broadway a year later. It toured the UK but never made the West End, so this is a fabulous opportunity to catch a fascinating rarity and you shouldn’t miss it.

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