‘Allo ‘Allo Cardiff Open Air Festival Review
On Thursday evening the hubby and I headed to Sophia Gardens to catch “Allo ‘Allo at Cardiff Open Air Festival Everyman. A couple of weeks ago we went to see Into The Woods and were blown away so we were really looking forward to a night off and spending some time together and having some laughs!
For anyone who will remember watching the series when it was on the TV in the 80’s (or has caught up on repeat since), they will know the comedy genius that was Gordon Kaye and Co putting fairly dark humour into a story set in war time France during the Nazi occupation. On paper perhaps not the usual setting for a comedy sketch, but in reality it was a beloved show with any stage adaptation setting a fairly high bar of expectation.
Fortunately the experience does not disappoint.
The feeling of nostalgia is genuine and with the introduction of each familiar character are well loved catchphrases and one-liners such as ‘I shall say this only once’, ‘good moaning’ and even a sneaky ‘you stupid woman, cannot you see that she has fainted in my arms’.
There is some good acting and perhaps at times the attempts at humour struggled to reach the crowd, but ultimately it was a wonderful experience. The highlight was without doubt the effervescent relationship between Herr Flick and Private Helga Geerhart with several truly brilliant scenes reminiscent of the classics; anyone who watched the TV show could not fail to relate to it.
No show could possibly be as good as the original, but this performance was a very good effort. Everyone left with a smile on their face, but also a desire to watch the original series and find out if it was as good as well all remember.
‘Allo ‘Allo is showing until the 16th July and you can book tickets here. Tomorrow we are going to see India Dance Wales, there are two performances, one at 2pm and another at 8. I’ve not been to an Indian Dance Performance before so I’m really looking forward to it!
Disclosure – we were gifted tickets to review the show free of charge. All opinions are honest and our own.