Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Review: Dear Lupin at the Apollo Theatre

Dear Lupin 
Apollo Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 3rd August 2015

Michael Simkins' stage adaptation of Dear Lupin, Letters to a Wayward Son by Roger Mortimer and Charlie Mortimer is gentle with flashes of poignancy.

Jack Fox
Real life father and son James Fox and Jack Fox bring to life the letters exchanged between Roger and Charlie, taking turns to steal the spotlight with a handful of witty moments and brilliant one-liners.

James impresses throughout, embodying an array of characters with strong comic timing. I enjoyed the qualities Jack brought to the stage; his performance is simple and oozes with humanity.

It's hardly surprising that the duo share natural chemistry; their energies contrast and grow with the piece which is taken up a gear in the second half. The start isn't exactly slow, but it takes time for the flow to settle and for the performances to take shape.

Philip Franks' production is simple - it is staged nicely without bombarding its audience with information or trying to be something it's not. I enjoyed the simplicity as well as the humanity and like that those young and old can enjoy the piece, but will take something slightly different away from it at the end of the night. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Dear Lupin runs at the Apollo Theatre until Saturday 19th September 2015.
Please visit www.dearlupinonstage.com for further information and tickets.

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

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