Review Round Up: Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Maria Friedman directs this revival of Richard Harris’s 1984 comedy, starring Amanda Holden and Tracy-Ann Oberman. But what have critics been saying about it? 


The Stage: *** “Maria Friedman orchestrates this sometimes episodic play with feeling and craft.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “Harris’ play is broadly enjoyable and its central message – about being a friend and the importance of having friends – is a message to admire. It’s just a pity that these women don’t feel more than suggestions of real people: clichés cloud the roles.”

Carn’s Theatre Passion: **** “This is a fun feel-good show with meaty characterisation.”

The Daily Mail: *** “It’s Calendar Girls meets A Chorus Line on a shoestring.”

Evening Standard: *** “Maria Friedman’s affectionate production struggles sufficiently to animate this rather flat – and dated – material and it’s a long slog towards the inevitable jazz hands finale.”

The Guardian: *** “the show builds neatly to its can-do, feelgood, tap-dancing finale.”

London Theatre1: ***** “Stepping Out is really not to be missed – step on up to the Vaudeville to catch this sparkling gem of a show.”

Time Out: ** “an eleventh-hour injection of psychological complexity and a razzle-dazzle finale save it from utter dullness. But sequins or no sequins, if it were any more middle-of-the-road you could tarmac it in place and use it as a traffic island.”

Broadway World: *** “this Calendar Girls-meets-Chorus Line piece is inarguably successful as toe-tapping, big-hearted entertainment, and should join Strictly in getting Britain’s dance classes packed out.”

Live Theatre UK: ** “contrast, confusion – but not much in the way of character.”

Radio Times: *** “Stepping Out is often very funny, moving and played with such charm that’s it’s difficult not to like. And the Chorus Line-style finale cannot fail to leave you with a smile on your face.”

Stepping Out is now playing at the Vaudeville Theatre. To book tickets visit: Discount, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK






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