REVIEW: A Mad World My Masters, Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Sarah Ridgeway (left) with Ben Deery and Ellie Beaven in A Mad World My Masters.
Sarah Ridgeway (left) with Ben Deery and Ellie Beaven in A Mad World My Masters.
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DAVID UPTON writes...Imagine one of those old hand-cranked What The Butler Saw machines in a seaside amusement hall, and you have something of the style – and in this case even the setting – for a joyful re-working of this Jacobean comedy.

Director Sean Foley has come up with the fast-moving effect of watching a series of smutty postcards that magically remains faithful to the play’s 17th century origins.

At the same time it rudely tickes the funny bone of modern-day audiences.

In a touring version of a hit Stratford production from 2013, it even comes fitted with scrolling sur-title machines for the hard of hearing.

Time and again, you suspect, everyone in the audience checks them over to confirm their ears were not deceiving them about what they have just heard!

Several key members of the original cast travel with the show in nearly three hours of entertainment that’s mad, bad and masterful.