This show, directed by Graham Duff, plays to all the Count’s strengths, as the master of mishap, malt whisky and malapropism makes a right hash of trying to recreate the Sound of Music with a distinctly limited budget. Incorporating two inept assistants (Malcolm and Uncle Alan), and the worst ventriloquist act you’ll ever see, Strong’s perennially confused state ensures the musical performance is hilariously shambolic and circuitous. The time flew by and before we knew it the show was sadly over, leaving us with a warm glowing feeling for one of the best character creations since Hancock.
Theatre Royal Brighton, 2 April 2017
Tim Pilcher & Sue Bradley