It’s the day of the annual golf tournament and Bingham, president of Quail Valley, finds out his star player has switched sides. What is worse is that he has waged his wife’s antiques shop on the outcome of the game and the future is looking bleak.
Written by American playwright Ken Ludwig the comedy feels very British. The whole scenario of a character coming up with more and more outlandish solutions in order to dig themselves out of the hole they got themselves in is very much on par with classic British comedies such as ‘Fawlty Towers’ and ‘Keeping Up Appearances’.
This performance marked the UK premier of ‘Fox on the fairway’ but we previously saw ‘Lend me a Tenor’ at The Queen’s Theatre in 2014, a play also written by Ken Ludwig.
The set was a greatly detailed golf club, you almost felt that you could walk up to the bar and order a glass of wine and take a seat. On top of that there was a golf course, but this felt a little wasted just being used in the final scene.
The cast were a large mix of characters, including Natalie Walter, who I recognised as Donna Nobel’s friend in BBC Doctor Who.
Natalie was great as the 3-time divorcee Pamela Peabody as she ran around after the club president Henry Bingham, played by Damien Matthews. She was great at portraying the insanity and desperation of the character as crazy events unfolded.
Damien Matthews played the Basil Fawlty character of Henry Bingham and he was great at the bumbling around although he could have seemed a little more concerned about the potential loss of his wife’s shop. But both he and the rest of the cast showed a great talent in physical comedy.
Romayne Andrews played Justin Hicks, the club’s last chance to win the tournament. His smile certainly lit up the stage and he timed each punchline to perfection. Both he and Ottilie Mackintosh, who played Justin’s girlfriend Louise, were very good at overplaying the whole situation for comic effect, often leading to hilarious consequences and there isn’t a minute when you aren’t left laughing.
Going to see A Fox on the Fairway was more like going to see a classic British sitcom than a play, with the classic chase scenes, love-starved characters and character misdemeanours.
The comedy did vary in pace, sometimes feeling a bit slow but as soon as you thought it was slowing down suddenly you find the cast chucking about a vase like it’s a rugby ball.
A Fox on the fairway is at The Queen’s Theatre from the 25th August – 15th September
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