Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Too Many Puns in the Oven

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Too Many Puns in the Oven

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Byline: RACHEL HALLIBURTON

BEAUTY AND THE BEARDS m

King's Head

THE last time Dick Vosburgh and Denis King teamed up at the King's Head theatre the result was A Saint She Ain't - a glorious orgy of puns and pot-shots at 1940s Hollywood musicals. Vosburgh's gags were often better than the jokes in the original films, and despite an unsuccessful transfer to the West End, the show is remembered as a jewel in the King's Head's dusty crown.

Vosburgh and King's wit was then transmitted through a cast starring Barry Cryer, but for Beauty and the Beards, the writer and the composer present themselves undiluted. With the help of a keyboard, and actress Sarah Redmond - who wears enough outfits to make an Oscars ceremony look understated - their humorous trail follows figures ranging from Ernest Hemingway to Cilla Black. Vosburgh is obviously a man who suffers from verbal itch. No word can lie still in his brain; instead it proliferates into 1,000 punning allusions. …

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