Review: The Producers, Irving Stage Company, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, until March 17

The Irving Stage Company's production of The Producers. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The Irving Stage Company's production of The Producers. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Outrageous, inappropriate and downright hilarious - this is possibly the funniest show I have ever seen at the Theatre Royal.

The Irving Stage Company's production of The Producers. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The Irving Stage Company's production of The Producers. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

The Mel Brooks comedy sees failing Broadway producer, Max Bialystock, embark on a scheme to put on the worst show ever, after his timid accountant, Leo Bloom, suggests he could make more money with a flop than with a hit. What follows is a horribly offensive musical love letter to Hitler – who knew it would be a smash?

This production boasts great staging, costumes and choreography (‘Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop’ is worth the ticket price alone) but more importantly the person responsible for casting has absolutely nailed it.

Nic Metcalfe has perfect comic timing as sleazy Max, Ben Child is both ridiculous and scary as Franz Leibkind, Tom Menarry is simply fabulous as Carmen Ghia, and who could forget Jeremy Warbrick’s entrance as flamboyant director Roger De Bris – I could go on.

But for me the star is George Lane as neurotic Bloom. This young performer is the whole package: singing voice, acting ability, physicality and charisma. Lookout Broadway, here he comes.


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