Acorn Antiques - The Musical details
|Starring:||Sally Ann Triplett, Neil Morrissey, Josie Lawrence, Duncan Preston, Celia Imrie, Julie Walters|
|Genre:||Music/Musical - Music - Rock/Pop|
Acorn Antiques - The Musical
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||13 Mar 2006|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Worth persisting with if you're a AA fanBy a customer from Highlands, Scotland , 27 Mar 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]I had been really looking forward to this, being a huge Victoria Wood fan (I love 'dinnerladies' and have fond memories of Acorn Antiques). Unfortunately, the first 'act' is hard-going and full of showbiz industry in-jokes, though I can see it was needed as exposition to set up the story. It is only when they get to the 'les Mis' spoof that things start to get going. From then on, it is a joy and will lift the hearts of anyone who remembers Miss Babs, Miss Bertha and, of course, Mrs O from first time around. The performances are spot on and Ms Wood's humour as sharp as ever. Don't miss the extras to see Victoria take on the Mrs O character - I didn't imagine anyone could match the impeccable Julie Walters, but she brings her own special qualities to the role. So, please, be patient as you settle down and watch the first bit - the show 'proper' turns out to be just what you would hope for.
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Nice show, shame about the first half.By a customer , 25 Sep 2012The first half is alright, but the second half (the actual AA musical) is fantastic! Victoria Wood at her best!
Nothing Antique about Acorn AntiquesBy CheekyMoo (4 reviews) , 01 Dec 2011Absolutely Brilliant! Victoria Wood absolutely surpassed herself. Its vibrant and funny for something that was originally written 30 years ago as a spoof.
This is funny from the off and just gets better throughout. Julie Walters is fabulous as Mrs Overall, and the supporting cast are excellent.
Well worth a watch.
Excellent MusicalBy ShowBiz_Lawyer (4 reviews) from Edinburgh , 27 Aug 2011Great cast, direction and production and a wonderful pastiche of experimental theatre, plus a homage to Stephen Sondheim's 'Company' in a notable number - well constructed and for any lover of the TV show 'a must see'.
LIKE THE CURATE'S EGG...By a customer , 18 May 2011...good in parts, and for some, I suppose, quite entertaining. Certainly Julie Waters brings an essence of the TV series with her Mrs Overall, well supported by Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston but the raison d'etre of the original is totally swamped by the concept of trying to reproduce the show on stage with a pseudo AmDram company. That it was highly successful in its West End run is a fact but presenting it on disc did not for me deliver the sharp dialogue and ascerbic lyrics I associate with Victoria Wood.
However, it's too simple to sit a camera at the front of the Dress Circle and video the whole thing. Different - but boring! I believe in the credits at the end there was mention of camera operators - who surely must have had the easiest job of their lives.
As I have hinted, it was good and amusing in parts and I stuck it out hoping for a spectacular finish but went to bed disappointed.
I wonder if Sir Trevor has added this to his CV or perhaps has tried to hide it between his more worthy achievements like Starlight Express and Les Mis.?
A Corny AntiqueBy a customer from Wigan, Lancashire, England , 26 Feb 2011Couldn't make head nor tale of this.
Acorn Antiques was a really funny P*** take of the old favourite 'Crossroads Motel' and was great in its original form.
This is just taking the joke and stretching it for all it is worth.
A P*** take, of a P*** take !!!