She called him Fred. He called her Gladys. The world knows them as Charles and Camilla. Now this outrageously tuneful and charmingly disrespectful musical tells the story of how their thirty year love affair survived secrecy, separation, public scorn and even the intervention of a certain Princess...
A funny and poignant glimpse of royal romance - straight from the horse's mouth!
'Fred and Gladys' refers to Charles and Camilla's pet names for each other. This was a wittily entertaining parody, opening with a street party in 1981 to celebrate the Charles & Diana Royal Wedding, then moving backwards to the meeting of Charles and Camilla, and forwards to the divorce, Diana’s death, and the next royal wedding (“In a registry office” bemoans the Queen.) It could so easily have become offensive and cruel, but, framed as a fairy-story told to a keen monarchist awaiting the wedding of William and Kate, for most critics, it managed to mix its spoof and sentimentality sufficiently well to entertain. Its wit included lyrics for Charles like “How can I be what others aren’t/ Hamlet mixed with Cary Grant” or a description of Diana as “Like a nurse, but not so starchy/ Mother Theresa in Versace” .
A Fairy Tale
I’m a Parade
Who is the Lady on the Stamp?
There are Three of us in this Marriage
I Shall Be the Queen of People’s Hearts
We’re Not so Very Different
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Fred and Gladys (2011-03-Landor Theatre-Londres)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Landor Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : mercredi 30 mars 2011Première : jeudi 31 mars 2011Dernière : samedi 16 avril 2011Mise en scène : Paul Tibbey • Chorégraphie : Chadd Garvie • Producteur : Avec : Jon House (Storyteller), James Edwards (Prince Charles), Emily Woodward (Princess Diana), Ruth James (The Queen), Tim Benton (Prince Phillip), Suzie Edwards (Jackie/Princess Anne), Camilla Simson (Camilla Parker Bowles)Presse : Charlie Sexboots
This pleasing little diversion will have you clicking your fingers and tapping your Chelsea-booted toes... swinging London wrapped up in a groovy little time capsule... songs that both swing and bite, really first rate gags... perfect little show. Critic's Choice
Dark, exuberantly cynical, witty and intelligently scripted, Charlie Sexboots depicts the great British sex scandal with hard-edged and quick paced flippancy. (The Stage)
A satirical classic which is a show to die for! This is not to be missed. (Wandsworth Borough News)
The brilliance of Tibbey and Sims' writing is the way they utilise the sitcom-esque, genuinely funny seaside postcard humour that we all grew up with and then spin it in to something classy, insightful and relevant to us today. Their attention to the period detail of their pieces is breathtaking - bordering on scary - and here all the gossip and tatty glamour of pre- Beatles variety passes before you...
...a fascinating and witty glimpse of a lost world that everyone can appreciate. (What's on in London)
Everyone loves me
The script is dainty and the songs are fruity - a delightful study in the sad search for fame.
Edinburgh Evening News
A musical to remember.
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