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The Sword and the Dope (Susan Elkin reviews)

The joke about expecting to get terrible reviews because “it’s in this show’s manifesto isn’t it?” sounds very confident. Sadly, that confidence is woefully misplaced.

Michael Head (who also directs) has reworked his former versions of The Sword and the Dope to produce a very weak political satire, mostly about Brexit and evil Conservative politicians.

Set in Arthur’s England – a stale concept anyway because Spamalot does it rather better – it feels like ‘Horrible Histories Gone Wrong’ and falls flat on its face …

Read the rest of this review at Musical Theatre Review http://musicaltheatrereview.com/the-sword-and-the-dope-waterloo-east-theatre/

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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