Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at the Playhouse Theatre, London – funny, fiery and frenetic

I have a theory that Tamsin Greig is always brilliant. Despite this, I felt slightly nervous for her as the self-confessed new singer thrust into the central role of a musical…

And breathe out. She’s great. Of course she is.

Wotvoanb2Greig might not be a seasoned musical pro, but the feeling she gives her vocal performances is startling and involving. Around her, the cast is marvellous, with special mention to Haydyn Gwynne and Anna Skellern.

The score is on the subtle-side – concentrating on evoking Madrid and the tangled turmoil of the characters’ lives rather than providing flying monkeys and glitter guns. Personally, I am all for this. The plot nods knowingly to farce and has great fun with it. There are big laughs along the way, as well as raw emotion and general hysteria. The sum total is hugely enjoyable.

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown runs at the Playhouse Theatre until the 9th April. Tickets here .

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