'The Fast Show' and Paul Whitehouse as music hall entertainer Arthur
Atkinson? 'How queer!'...'Where's me washboard?'
is the story of wartime entertainer Archie Rice, a struggling comedian
performing at a music hall that is rapidly losing its audience
to more popular variety shows.
in 1956, The Entertainer by John Osborne follows the lives of three
generations in post-war England at it falls from as its status as
a colonial power.
Redgrave is brilliant as Archie, the all-round funny man replete
with bad jokes and patriotic wartime songs. The crowds dont
love him anymore, but Archie keeps on smiling and dancing. After
all its the British way to put on a brave face - a couple
of gags and everything will be alright.
Dionisotti gives an excellent performance as his long-suffering
alcoholic wife Phoebe; she remains committed to her husband, putting
up with his womanising and trying to hide their money problems.
Walsh and Mark Rice-Oxley are wonderful as Archie's children: Jean
and Frank. Leslie Randall is also first-class as Archies Dad,
might be set in the 50s, but The Entertainer is a story of
family relationships and is as relevant today as ever. It will make
you stop and think about where youre headed yourself.
Entertainer runs at the Liverpool Playhouse until until 7th February