Theatre review: The Cheeky Chappies Christmas Cracker

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The Cheeky Chappies Christmas Cracker, Belgrade Theatre B2, Coventry - runs until Dec 23

Review by Paul Ingram

The Cheeky Chappies bring their slightly risqué style of humour once again to Coventry at the intimate surroundings of the B2 at the Belgrade Theatre. Their show is a good alternative to the usual panto, albeit aimed more at the adult market, and harks back to the old music hall variety days, and they had the audience laughing along for the entire 75 minutes of the show.

The programme offered great variety with a number of guests and star names including Dame Maggie Smith, Tim Piggott-Smith, Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart – unfortunately somebody forgot to tell them to come!

So Dick and Ginger decide to do the entire show themselves, based loosely around the 12 days of Christmas, with their own inimitable style of silliness and fun.

Starting with synchronised cracker pulling the time sped by with different acts, including reindeer racing, which poked fun at the outcome of the general election, a French magician (with beautiful assistant – Ginger!), who did my favourite trick with the disappearing cat – le chat magique – which again was quite contemporary and local as it involved a wheelie bin!

There was also a radio version of a Christmas Carol which included a goat of Christmas Past! Dick and Ginger were helped out on a number of the sketches by the audience as they were plucked out of the audience, and a good time was had by all.

The show ended with a festive singalong of the 12 days of Christmas.

If you like good old fashioned Christmas cheer, then this is the show for you.