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Phil Porter

Vice Versa

(OR THE DECLINE AND FALL OF GENERAL BRAGGADOCIO AT THE HANDS OF HIS CANNY SERVANT DEXTER AND TERENCE THE MONKEY)

Piles of physical fun in this side-splitting comedy romp, written by Phil Porter and lovingly ripped off from the Roman comedies of Plautus.

  • Swan Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 9 Sep 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 5 mins + 20 mins interval

Next performance:

12 June, 7:30PM

Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon

★★★★

‘Knockabout romp of Roman silliness’

WhatsOnStage

‘The supremely daft script’

whatsonstage

‘A relentlessly chuckle-inducing musical score’

whatsonstage

‘Sophia Nomvete [is] energetic, alert and utterly focused for the full two and a half hours’

Whatsonstage

‘Felix Hayes as the over-the-top general is straight out of the Graham Chapman school of authority nitwits’

whatsonstage

‘'Allo 'Allo star Kim Hartman makes an entertaining cameo as an ageing prostitute’

whatsonstage

‘A beautiful set design from Colin Richmond’

whatsonstage

‘The RSC's workshops have clearly excelled themselves. Some of the props and devices almost deserve applause in their own right.’

whatsonstage

‘There's an awful lot to be said for a bit of silliness in The Swan.’

Whatsonstage

★★★★

‘A laugh riot’

guardian

‘A genuine crowdpleaser’

guardian

‘Sophia Nomvete lends Dexter just the right air of devious geniality’

guardian

‘Strong support from Felix Hayes’

guardian

‘Catchy songs from Sam Kenyon and a genuine rapport with the audience’

guardian

‘Porter’s spirited adaption reminds us that the Roman master is the ultimate source of much modern comedy.’

guardian

★★★★

‘Felix Hayes, resplendent'

financial times

‘Nomvete plays it beautifully'

financial times

‘Janice Honeyman's cheeky production'

financial times

‘Jon Trenchard capers non-stop as Terence the monkey'

financial times

‘Felix Hayes, in particular, plays Braggadocio with virtuosic pomp – moustachioed, red-faced and sweaty, he is a perfect fool. Sophia Nomvete, as the cunning slave Dexter, knows how to get the audience onside, playing up moments of fourth wall-tapping self-awareness.’

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