Wilton’s Music Hall, the celebrated east London venue, has commissioned its first Christmas show – and it promises to be a corker!
Mrs Hudson’s Christmas Corker has been especially written by writer and actor Bob Cryer with his veteran comedy writer father, Barry.
And the icing on the mince pie is that it’s being performed by the country’s most anarchic theatre company – Spymonkey.
Barry Cryer and son Bob co-wrote Mrs Hudson’s Diaries: A View From The Landing at 221b in 2012.
The book, like this new play, reveals a portrait of life below stairs at 221b Baker Street.
As a duo, Bob and Barry have plenty of chemistry and know how each other works.
“We get on and have a good laugh. He [Bob] does all the research and I chime in with the characters’ lines. It’s worked a treat”, says Barry.
Situated somewhere in the celebrated 221B Baker Street residence, this riotous production contrasts the minutiae of a landlady’s daily domestic routine with the grand opera of Conan Doyle’s Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.
Witness the tale of what really happens below stairs in an affectionate yet hilarious take on the Holmes legend.
Full use is made of classic music hall routines, tatty magicians, cod ventriloquists, lady boxers and perhaps even a health and safety defying finale worthy of Moriarty himself!
Mulled wine and Christmas trees come as standard.
The cast, all Spymonkey favourites are Aitor Basauri, Petra Massey, Toby Park and Sophie Russell.
Spymonkey was founded by Toby Park, Petra Massey and Aitor Basauri in 1997.
Their dark, edgy physical comedy is rooted ‘somewhere between Monty Python, the Marx Brothers and Samuel Beckett’.
Mrs Hudson’s Christmas Corker runs from December 2-31.