The League of Gentlemen, Ipswich Regent review: ‘It’s the old lines that get the best reception’

The League of Gentlemen. Picture: BBC DVD

The League of Gentlemen. Picture: BBC DVD - Credit: Archant

For those not familiar with the work of Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith the show could have crawled from the depths of a chaotic reality.

The first-half kicked off with nostalgic re-runs of old material like Legs Akimbo Theatre Company and Pamela the terrible actress.

The nostalgia keeps this early material alive however as the scenes appear a little rushed, a pause here and there could have bolstered the performance.

The second-half is where the true brilliance of the peace come to the fore. It’s all the old characters but new material as Pappa Lazaro, Auntie Val and even Pauleen take to the stage with the same crude and hilarious brand of comedy that made the TV show.

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It’s the old lines that get the best reception which leads me to ask: “are you local?”

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