The Nice British Bake Off – The Musical, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham – There Ought To Be Clowns

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A evaluate of the sweetly pleasurable The Nice British Bake Off – The Musical on the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham that avoids any point out of soggy bottoms

“The place would a gin be with out its tonic
Why did the Krankies develop into iconic”

Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary have kind with their dedication to theatre outdoors of London – their tackle The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ premiered at Leicester’s Curve and for the world premiere of The Nice British Bake Off – The Musical, they’ve turned to the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham the place the present has a two week tryout. And for a TV present that’s inherently light in its still-compelling charms, it looks like the perfect enviornment for the gingham altar, the enthusiastic heat the encouragment it wants at this proving stage.

Brunger’s ebook correctly avoids the pitfall that many a actuality TV present producer can’t resist within the manufacture of drama, by treating the present virtually as a revue. Between the larger-than-life personae of two presenters and two judges, plus eight contestants for us to get to know and love, the mise en place is loads sufficient. And so Cleary’s rating will get to run the gamut of musical influences to permit every character their second within the highlight to hymn the glories of baking and the multitude of how wherein it has improved their lives. 

A slow-fermenting, gently involving love story between two of the contestants is the principle concession to narrative throughline, and is bought very sweetly by Damian Humbley and Charlotte Wakefield. However it doesn’t distract from the genial feeling that’s cultivated by Rachel Kavanaugh’s manufacturing. Scott Paige and Jaye Jacobs are clearly having a riotous time because the presenters Jim and Kim and Rosemary Ashe and John Owen-Jones are the present’s magic ingredient as judges Pam and Phil, the character of the present means they’re used sparingly however that solely will increase their impression as their vocal prowess and performing chops shine by way of in crackers like ‘I’d By no means Be Me With out You’ and ‘Slap It Like That’.

Creatively it appears to be like nice too. Georgina Lamb’s choreography is visually putting and Alice Energy’s design hits all the mandatory reference factors to make us really feel at residence. There may be an undoubted sweetness and sentimentality about the entire affair which does preserve it at a sure degree, with the present’s construction baking it in additional, so that you do want to purchase into it from the off as there’s not a lot dynamism. And while that may not be an issue for followers of the Bake Off, it’s one thing the present might want to handle whether it is seeking to attraction to a wider viewers to attract in informal punters on Shaftesbury Avenue (that mentioned, I don’t know if there are West Finish aspirations right here).

No matter form the long run plans take although, I’ll take pleasure in attending to see and listen to this strudel-slapping present once more, and to see the way it develops. You hope too that it retains some if not all the expertise right here. Claire Moore is showstoppingly good as soon as she is lastly deployed and Aharon Rayner and Catriana Sandison each provide highly effective work in conveying the real energy that the love of baking and the present itself can wield in expressing complicated emotions about heritage and fertility.   

Operating time: 2 hours 20 minutes (with interval)
Images: Manuel Harlan
Nice British Bake Off – The Musical is reserving on the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham till sixth August

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