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Mr Foote's Other Leg West End transfer
Following its sold out run at Hampstead Theatre, Mr Foote's Other Leg, starring Simon Russell Beale, will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited run from 28 October.
In Georgian London no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city and at a moment in time when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.
Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press…and a surgeon’s knife. And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad?
Ian Kelly’s riotously funny new play, based on his award-winning biography of Foote, explores our obsession with celebrities, and their rise and fall, through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century. Kelly’s other biographies include Antonin Careme, Beau Brummell, Giacomo Casanova (Sunday Times Biography of the Year 2008), and Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Richard Eyre returns to Hampstead following the sell out hit The Last Of The Duchess. His recent theatre credits include Ghosts (Alemida/West End), Pajama Game (Chichester/West End) and Guys and Dolls (National Theatre).
BAFTA and Olivier award-winner Simon Russell Beale makes his Hampstead debut. His recent theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre), Privates on Parade (West End) and the forthcoming Temple (Donmar).
Catherine Ward24th January
A thoroughly enjoyable theatrical experience. The set and actors were just terrific. My companion was not familiar with C18th English history, but she still enjoyed the story and the experience.
Frances Elliot24th January
Not hilarious, which is how it was advertised. Dialogue not always clear, so difficult to follow. Far too much swearing - wouldn't have thought it appropriate for that period. Much too long. They could have said all they had to say in half the time. Disappointing.
Henry Underhill23rd January
A very entertaining if rather troubling experience. Tjis is both a tragedy and a comedy, rather like life itself I suppose
Christopher Hill23rd January
Comedy tragedy superb acting and a truly original story make for a wonderful evenings entertainment at this most beautiful and historic theatres
Richard Ian Cross23rd January
Unjustified bad language, not funny, I switched off.
Marian Prior22nd January
Humour, sadness and great acting!
Barrie Sheldon22nd January
Booked at short notice and reasonable entertainment, but will stick to musicals in future.
Christiane Ghose21st January
It was easy to buy tickets online. The staff at the theatre were more than helpful and courteous and the play was just brilliant.
DAVID MORRIS21st January
Found the first act very good - the last line of that act 'how do we top that in the second half' proved prophetic. To me it was too long and a little bit of an anti-climax
Roy Tolley20th January
It was generally funny, informative and challenging at times. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. The acting was very good, but the script was more attuned to real life conversation, than scripted joy. As a result, it laboured a little at times. I doubt anyone went back to see it twice. I am glad I went, the ticket was over half price. Worth the trip for sure.
Sandra Chisholm18th January
Absorbing, hugely entertaining. quality acting. Simon Russell Beale outstanding but whole cast a joy to watch. Also informative about the history of theatre. A superb production.
John Carr17th January
A great evening's comedy with an excellent cast.