“A bawdy, saucy seaside postcard of a play...” But cast and script are always funny and, from the startlingly authentic skiffle band who play us in, Hytner's production is as jaw-droppingly detailed as you'd hope...
“Unconscionably long for a commedia dell’arte play...” Jemima Rooper switches nicely between menace and femininity as guvnor number one, and Oliver Chris has a pearl of a part as nice-but-dim guvnor number two. There is never a dull moment in the evening. It’s just that there’s too damn much of it...
“A surefire hit...” This is a show for lovers of accomplished buffoonery. The 20 minutes leading up to the interval are pure comic bliss, and although at times there is not quite enough pace, Nicholas Hytner's production...
“Comic exuberance...” For the blissful bravura of Corden’s performance as a man trying to juggle two jobs simultaneously, but whose bosses turn out to not only know each other but are romantically entwined; for the comic exuberance of Hytner’s expertly drilled staging
“The plot almost defies description...” Maybe the second half can't match the unbounded hilarity of the first, but the National, in taking on an old Italian play, has not only improved Goldoni but also struck gold...
“The funniest 80 minutes I’ve spent in a theatre...” For as long as Corden can stay in the production, this is certain to become one of the biggest hits in the National’s history. It’s beguilingly designed by Mark Thompson as a love letter to Brighton...
“Feelgood hit of the summer...” Better yet, he has infused the show with a string of terrific jokes and comic routines of his own, while Nicholas Hytner’s production has a madcap joie de vivre and prodigally witty invention about it that proves irresistible...