REVIEW: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre

Noel Sullivan and Carley Stenson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Noel Sullivan and Carley Stenson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

They say you can’t kid a kidder, but the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels certainly give it a go in this feel-good musical based on the 80s film.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is on at Milton Keynes Theatre until Saturday, September 26, and is definitely worth a look if you fancy some light-hearted fun and laughs with its well-known cast.

Noel Sullivan and Michael Praed in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Noel Sullivan and Michael Praed in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

It is based on the 1988 film and sees two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionnaire heiress.

As they compete for her affections and the cash they believe they can con her out of, they discover there is only room for one of them.

But this isn’t a tale of romance and red roses, it is about a young con artist setting out to learn from the master and when they both take their eye off the ball, they end up falling for the oldest trick in the book.

Former Hollyoaks actress Carley Stenson has the role of Christine Colgate down to perfection - she is sweet, charming and seemingly a little naive, but looks can be deceiving.

And while some soap stars aren’t always known for their singing, she’s definitely got a good set of lungs on her.

Michael Praed plays conman Lawrence Jameson who has a chance meeting with fellow fraudster Freddy Benson, which leads to him making the brave decision to share his wealth of experience with the youngster.

The pair strike up a great working relationship, although the pupil-teacher relationship becomes strained when they realise they both want the same thing.

Freddy, played brilliantly by former Hear’Say member Noel Sullivan, seems to be a breath of fresh air for his tutor who has been in the trade for a long time, and the actors have a great rapport on stage.

Lawrence’s side-kick Andre Thibault, played by star of stage and screen Gary Wilmot, is also great value with his one liners in French and blossoming ‘ro-mince’ with Muriel Eubanks, played by Geraldine Fitzgerald.

A team of talented singers and dancers off-set the main characters beautifully, and they come in an array of outfits which would not look out of place on the Strictly Come Dancing set.

It really is a feel-good show and the setting of the French Riviere gives you a warm feeling inside even though the dark nights are sadly drawing in.

With lots of singing, dancing and an almost 100 per cent success rate with hats being thrown and caught, it’s hard to find anything which wouldn’t make you smile.

There’s a couple of cringe moments, especially when Freddy becomes Lawrence’s ‘brother,’ but it’s all good fun and light entertainment at its best.

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