Hanover The Musical, Hanover Community Centre, various dates until May 27, call 01273 917272 (From The Argus)
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Hanover The Musical, Hanover Community Centre, various dates until May 27, call 01273 917272
“The ultimate compliment is parody,” says director and writer Mark Brailsford in the programme to Hanover The Musical.
And you haven’t made it in Brighton and Hove (actually) unless his musical creation features a song about you.
From estate agent Barrie Alderton to soon-to-be Green council leader Jason Kitcat, this fun romp takes an affectionate poke at many well-loved city institutions, including The Argus itself.
Combining Ealing comedy Passport To Pimlico and a healthy dose of Carry On humour, this is an easily accessible and fun night out, well deserving of its standing ovation.
Hanover declares itself an independent sovereignty following the discovery of an ancient parchment in a script packed with in-jokes – from the choice of queen on Hanover’s £5 note, to Jocasta and Jemima parading in Preston Park with their babies in slings.
Chris Beaumont is in the role he was born to play – the much put-upon landlord of The Greys – while Hannah Summers stands out as the town historian and local gossip.
Although the cast have to contend with a challenging low stage, they still convey their energy and enthusiasm to the back row, assisted by some brilliant film inserts.
The real joy is in the instantly catchy songs, combining well-known melodies and witty wordplay. Musical parodies include The Jam’s A Town Called Malice (A Pier Called Palace), while subjects range from Hanover’s controlled parking zones, to Tai Chi on The Level.
It’s unmissable entertainment for anyone who loves our city’s foibles and peculiarities.
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