Mesmerising. Andrew Scott is immediately gripping as Langley Collyer, a concert pianist with meticulous and exacting standards for the playing of music. In white tie and tails but with the bow tie undone, he rages about a note and the difference between identical and the same, which has the non musicians in the audience puzzled. His language is refined and esoteric, his personality extreme but fascinating. Our reaction is to be amused.
The show has been beset by lockdowns. Originally scheduled for November 2020 and then January 2021, I was so pleased to see it this month. The witty tag line for the November showing was, "Dress by Ganni, Bra by Coco de Mer, Knife by Stanley".
There is lots of humour in her story and, despite being told to keep her mouth shut when smiling, because she lost her front teeth playing cricket, she grins and her narrative is delivered with fun and panache. Credit must also go to Hannah Edwards' wingman, Benedict Salter whose startlingly fast changes of character amuse.