Aug 30

But from there on, it was laughs a plenty. The company's writers and directors Lynn and Richard Beaumont, who also star in the productions, never fail to amaze me. All new lyrics are put to well-known tunes, such as Let's go Fly a Kite, Be Our Guest and What a Picture. The first half of the show consisted of an assortment of different funny sketches with songs looking at the Royals - from Philip's gaffes, Harry's little scandal to Charlie's [sic] quest to be king and what the Queen keeps in her handbag. The audience thought this was good, but as we were guided out of the first act by a very funny, close to the knuckle song by the Queen's staff, the best was yet to come. After the interval we were treated to the Royal Variety Show with special appearances from Lily Savage, Barbara Windsor and Cilla Black with new lyrics to You've Got to Have a Gimmick, the nasal comic Tommy 'No 'ere wait' Miller, Dare-say, Shirley Hussey and Kiri Te Katermerangue, all taken off by real life opera singer Anna Rufey.

I cannot describe how good the cast were - Jean Warner, Lucy Gwynne-Evans, Anna Rufey, John Holland, Chris Clarke, Martin Clarkson, Lynn and Richard Beaumont were all marvellous. It was actually more entertaining than the real thing. They were all brilliant, but Jean Warner was great with her fabulous Queen, Shirley Bassey and Barbara Windsor impersonations. And Martin Clarkson, who played compere for the evening, just because he played it to a tee and I could imagine my grandma would like him. The night was rounded off by flag waving, which came free with the programme, and a sing-a-long including Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner, I've Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts, Knees Up Mother Brown and Roll Out The Barrel. An excellent evening that rounded off a jubilee weekend, plus anything that makes my mum laugh out loud must be worth its salt.

Kelly Clayton