Review: Donkeys' Years at the Rose Theatre

Review: Donkeys' Years at the Rose Theatre

Review: Donkeys' Years at the Rose Theatre

First published in Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

Michael Frayn has done it again as Donkeys' Years provides an evening of belly laughs and hilarity.

The veteran writer, renowned for his classic farce Noises Off, had previously showcased his work at the Rose two years ago with Here, starring Alison Steadman.

But Donkeys' Years blows Here out of the water, with its believable cast and its peerless comic timing.

The premise is a university reunion, with the characters having gone on to become surgeons, politicians and members of the clergy among other professions.

Nicholas Rowe steals the show as Buckle, together with the equally as stereotypically posh as Headingley (Jamie Glover).

Here we all are, as Buckle observes so deeply.

Other stellar performances are delivered in the shape of Ian Hughes (Snell), Jemma Redgrave (Lady Driver) and James Dutton (Taylor).

It is a farce in every sense of the word and even those who are not usually taken in by physical comedy will enjoy this concoction of mistaken identity and squiffy toffs.

I have not laughed so much at any stage production since last year's fantastic Smack Family Robinson, also at Kingston's Rose Theatre.

It must close on Saturday and you must catch it before it does.

Donkeys’ Years, Rose Theatre, High Street, Kingston; Thursday, February 6 to Saturday, February 22; Tickets £5 to £28. Visit or call 08444 821556.

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