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The rudest show in town

PUBLISHED: 16:43 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 17:18 16 August 2010

IT may have just turned two, but the rudest show in London is showing no signs of growing up, writes Kate Mead. Cult puppet show Avenue Q turned two in June and, despite a brand new cast,

IT may have just turned two, but the rudest show in London is showing no signs of growing up, writes Kate Mead.

Cult puppet show Avenue Q turned two in June and, despite a brand new cast, the show is just as vulgar and funny as when it opened.

The show deals with subject such as racism, coming out and internet porn in the most irreverent way as Princeton settles in to his new home in the rudest street in New York.

He meets a bunch of neighbours who are out of work, out of luck and desperately seeking their purpose in life.

Daniel Boys, from BBC's Any Dream Will Do, expertly handles the numbers for Princeton and Rod.

Boys provides excellent characterisation of the characters, with a unique difference in both their spoken and sung voice.

His affectionate portrayal of the uptight Rod, who cannot admit that he is gay, had scenes that brought the house down.

Darting about the stage, sometimes providing the voice for the whole scene is Rebecca Lock who plays Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut. Her expert timing and cracking voice makes it look easy when it is probably one of the hardest roles there is.

A special mention must go to Mark Goldthorp who plays the interminable Trekkie Monster and Rod's loyal friend Nicky who leads one of the best numbers If You Were Gay.

Easy as it might be, the human characters on Avenue Q manage not to be upstaged by their furry co-stars.

Yanle Zhong is perfect as the feisty Christmas Eve, Christopher Fry is her long-suffering unemployed, useless boyfriend and Edward Baruwa is the smooth yet bitter Gary.

There are so many reasons to go to Avenue Q, and so many excuses to return again.

Booking is now being taken for performances until April 25, 2009 with weekday tickets from £10 to £39.

Avenue Q is at the Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London; go to www.avenueqthemusical.co.uk for more information or call the box office on 0844 482 5141.


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