Musical Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Saw it: 15 February 2014
Where: Opera House, Manchester
Cast: 5 stars
Show: 5 stars
Overall: 5 stars



Based on the classic comedy film starring Sir Michael Caine and Steve Martin, be transported to the French Riviera and its decadent underworld, as two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress. As the pair compete in the true art of the con, they discover there is only room for one of them.


The best Christmas Present I received AND so worth waiting for.

Sadly the run in Manchester was only a couple of weeks, but from the 10th March 2014 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be at The Savoy Theatre in London.
Go see it. Seriously you will not be disappointed and if you aren’t laughing from the very beginning there is something very wrong with you.

Firstly I want to praise the Ensemble They are what holds everything together and without them no show, no matter how impressive the leading cast, would work. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has some very impressive choreography, all of which was flawless at the matinée I saw. The Hat Routine is so intricate, it must have taken ages to learn. And Lizzy Connolly‘s performance as Jolene was spectacular!

I first saw Katherine Kingsley in Singinʼ In The Rain and thought she was good but as Christine Colgate she steals the show. Samantha Bond and John Marquez can’t be left out, both wonderful in their individual parts but when they are together on stage you get one of those big grins that makes your face hurt.

I think by this point it’s pretty clear that I loved Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and I haven’t even mentioned Robert Lindsay or Rufus Hound yet. Truthfully, I expected Robert Lindsay to steal the show. I can’t think of a lot of people that could play the part of Lawrence Jameson with such a style and charm.

Robert Lindsay is amazing – there is no doubt about that.


Hat’s of to Rufus Hound, because wow he sky-rocketed, and I saw him in the One Man Two Guv’nors tour so I knew he was good. It’s not just the comic timing but he’s completely thrown himself into that role and the way he and Robert Lindsay work together on stage is just so brilliant. They are having fun, so of course the audience is.

I SO wish I can see this show again, hopefully it’ll come true. 🙂

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