REVIEW - Only Fools and Horses stars' Ladies of Letters at Malvern Theatres is a 'write good show' - The Coventry Observer

8th Aug, 2022

REVIEW - Only Fools and Horses stars' Ladies of Letters at Malvern Theatres is a 'write good show'

Ryan Smith 5th Jun, 2022

TWO-HANDED comedy Ladies of Letters comes to Warwick Arts Centre from Tuesday to Thursday, June 7 to 9.

The Observer’s Ryan Smith reviewed the play earlier in its tour when it arrived in Malvern.

 

ONLY Fools and Horses stars Tessa Peake-Jones and Gwyneth Strong were always guaranteed to give audiences a cushty evening’s entertainment.

Peake-Jones plays Irene, who we learn met Strong’s Vera under a table at a wedding after they’d both had too much to drink.

The pair form a unique friendship over the next few years, routinely writing letters to each other, discussing anything and everything – including updates on their love lives and the trials and tribulations of dealing with their grown up children.

The two actresses only directly speak to each other once during the performance, and it’s a testament to them they manage to keep the audience gripped with their charisma, stage presence and trademark comedic timing.

As Only Fools fans will remember, their considerable acting abilities stretch far beyond just delivering funny one-liners, with Peake-Jones masterfully displaying tints of vulnerability behind her character’s tough exterior when she has to face spending Christmas on her own.

Strong really shows off her range here, effortlessly switching from innocent and caring to venomously scathing.

The pair’s interactions lead to them getting into increasingly bonkers situations, with a wonderfully nutty series of events kicking off with Irene telling Vera about her plans to attend a protest.

Both characters are big time gossipers and more than a bit sarcastic, making some hilarious digs at one another that will have the audience roaring with laughter.

But these heated exchanges make the more compassionate parts of the play all the more heart-warming.

‘Ladies of Letters’ is certainly an experience to write home about and you can catch it at Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday, June 7 until Thursday, June 9 at 7.30pm.

There will also be a Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets start from £23. Visit warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/ladies-of-letters-2429/ to book.

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