Boy Meets Boy at the Jermyn Street Theatre
It never ceases to amaze how many pocketsize stage theatres are hidden away within the hustle and bustle of central London. Many are criminally overlooked and bypassed for the more popular venues that entice the crowds with famous names. Jermyn Street Theatre is one of those said venues that sits nestled away in Piccadilly’s back garden.
Musical comedy Boy Meets Boy is the last production for artistic director Gene David Kirk following nearly three decades in the theatre industry. Set in 1936 London during the widely reported relationship between Edward and Wallace Simpson, the story sees American tycoon and social gallant Clarence Cutler (Ben Kavanagh) marrying his toy boy Guy Rose (Craig Fletcher). Following a surprising jilt at the alter, fellow American journalist Casey O’Brien (Stephen Ashfield) suddenly becomes embroiled and, following a case of mistaken identity, a mesh of comic confusion and some impressive dance routines ensue.
With the theatre only offering a modest stage size, the way Kirk has managed to utilise the space really works to his advantage. With 17 numbers and 18 scenes to get through, the pace is quick and the changeover is barely noticeable. Accompanying the cast is the ensemble, that plays no role in the main plot, but are paramount in the production as each song is belted out note-perfect and the choreography is equally on point.
The laughs come thick and fast as this young cast pulls off what is a difficult and busy production. It was a thoroughly entertaining watch and only leaves us thirsty for more. Ben Kavanagh and Stephen Ashfield stand out as ones to watch out for in the future.
Boy Meets Boy is at the Jermyn Street Theatre now. For further information or to book visit the theatre’s website here.