Best of all is that supreme operetta artist Geoffrey Dolton, playing an effete dancing master secretly married to Yvonne Howard’s formidable but susceptible headmistress. Dolton’s crystalline enunciation and perfect comic timing put him in the great Savoyard tradition of George Grossmith and Martyn Green. His brilliant execution of a number narrating the history of dance (complete with step demonstrations which even Craig Revel Horwood would have applauded) is the evening’s highlight. TELEGRAPH


The Second Empire frivolity of Francis O’Connor’s designs, which capitalise on the theatre’s leafy setting, is enhanced by some of the most brilliant movement-direction I have ever seen; Dolton’s exuberant song-and-dance virtuosity takes the breath away. INDEPENDENT


The latter receives a deliciously flamboyant performance from Geoffrey Dolton, not least in the uproarious scene in which he treats his students to an illustrated history of European dance (trust me, it's far funnier than it sounds). WHATONSTAGE


But Geoffrey Dolton stands out as the dancing master Balladon, hilariously elegant and effete, but uncaricatured, and especially impressive in his set-piece demonstration of the history of dance. THE STAGE

June 2017



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