Combining the grandeur of King Lear with the regency farce of Blackadder III, this superb black comedy has been described as ‘Waiting for Godot for the fashion conscious’.
It is the winter of 1819. The most stylish man of his day (to whom a statue will later be raised in Jermyn Street) lives in exile in a madhouse in Calais. The mind of George Bryan Brummell, known as The Beau, revels in past glories when he dominated the worlds of fashion, wit and dress. He is convinced that his old friend and patron the Prince of Wales (now King George IV) will visit him and restore his position in society. Today, the King is coming to Calais!
'A Wildean Waiting for Godot. Hutchinson writes fluently and amusingly about narcissism and the cult of celebrity. There’s chemistry between seasoned performers Sean Brosnan (a suitably haughty Brummell) and Richard Latham (reliably sardonic as Austin). Director Peter Craze succeeds in conveying its subject’s understanding of dress as a matter of almost religious significance.’
'Beau Brummell is back and you can’t take your eyes off him! It sticks in your mind and haunts you twelve hours later with the image of senile defiance, remembered grace and crazy nobility. Can’t get it out of my head.’
'Very enjoyable! Sean Brosnan and Richard Latham are well cast with some cracking lines throughout. This is a lovely play right in the heart of London. It has to be produced at the Jermyn Street Theatre – just a hop and a skip away from Beau Brummell’s Statue on Jermyn Street'
'Richard Latham and Sean Brosnan carry off their co-dependency admirably. Brosnan has gaunt elegance and, like Brummell’s neck cloths, just the right amount of starch. Moreover, Latham brings earthy revolutionary spirit to the servant who is wittier than his bon mot-dropping master can ever realise.’
'Hutchinson’s script allows Brummell to fire off sharply funny zingers like an embryonic Wilde. As the fallen man of London society, Sean Brosnan is a plaintive mix of superciliousness and befuddlement, nicely undercut by Richard Latham’s exasperated Austin.’
'It is appropriate that a play about Beau Brummell should open within yards of the statue of London’s most celebrated dandy. Director Peter Craze creates some nice iconic images as Brummell is dressed with religious ritual and there are flashes of Wildean observation in the dialogue'