BWW Review: MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS Makes For A Fun Night of Frivolous Theatre
Now officially open at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Mrs. Henderson Presents is a light-hearted take on a rather heavy topic: the holocaust - specifically wartime London.
There's clever banter, dancing, and singing galore - and the entire cast shines. Tracie Bennett is the eccentric wealthy widow who buys herself a theatre, Peter Polycarpou is the jewish sock salesman turned theatre impresario, and Evelyn Hoskins is the girl serving tea turned empowered nude performer.
Based on a true story - when the Windmill theatre is struggling to bring in guests, the idea is had to have girls pose naked like statues during the show. As long as they didn't move, they could bypass censorship laws.
The show features significant female nudity and some male nudity. Officially recommended for ages 10+ - I'm not sure that's the most appropriate age recommendation.
The show is full of fun though forgettable tunes and production numbers with fancy visuals - and even dancing fountains. Some of the war-related narrative could benefit from further refining, as it's more or less thrown at you two-thirds of the way through the first act out of nowhere.
Mrs. Henderson Presents is a great night out at the theatre - and is now on stage through April 23rd. For tickets visit Mirvish.com.