Fanny and Stella Strike Again
Another Great Revival of the Play at Above The Stag Theatre
Written by Daen Palma Huse
In a humorous and highly entertaining performance, the comedy Fanny and Stella written by Glen Chandler returns to Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall after sell-out performances in 2015.
The story about Fanny and Stella is based around true facts. Ernest Boulton and Frederick Park were more recently titled “The Young Men Who Shocked Victorian England” by the Guardian. The cross-dressers were quite openly walking the streets of London and ultimately were charged with “the abominable crime of buggery” in 1870. They became known as He-She Ladies and it came to a very public trial with newspapers raging.
Tobias Charles and Kieran Parrott, as Fanny and Stella, carry the show at Above the Stag Theatre with an effortless quality throughout, including carefully crafted vocals and theatrical performance. The set of the show is simple and traditional, perfect for the play. When walking into the auditorium before the show commences, we are greeted by Mr Grimes in Victorian costume, played by the talented Mark Pearce. He continues to slip in and out of roles as the story of the play unfolds, each one of them played convincingly and with the conviction of a true entertainer.
Overall, the show emulates the mood of the time the play is set in and for the duration of the performance we feel teleported into a Victorian theatre with an enthusiastic public that is lusting after sensational entertainment, an itch that will be scratched. Hats off also to Carole Todd for creating a choreography yet again that elevates the play and connects the music and vocals with fitting movement.
“Fanny and Stella – The Shocking True Story” runs until 2nd of June 2019 at Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London, SE1 7TP
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