The London Vertigo, Norwich

Directed by Tim Seely, a select team of players from the Maddermarket make delightful fun in Castle Gardens, Norwich, with The London Vertigo by Brian Friel.

By CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Directed by Tim Seely, a select team of players from the Maddermarket make delightful fun in Castle Gardens, Norwich, with The London Vertigo by Brian Friel.

He took the comedy that was written by Charles Macklin two and a half centuries ago, shortened it to suit modern tastes and then added an extra layer of humour with tongue in cheek explanatory asides.

The action is clear and moves fast, and jokes that were topical in the 18th century don't seem yet past their sell-by date. The performance has poise and confidence, and the speeches are delivered in tones that carry well in the open air.

As Mrs Diggerty – don't dream of calling her Mrs O'Dochety any more – Susan Seddon embodies the theme. Crossing from Ireland to England for George III's Coronation has been a positively transcendental experience. Dublin now is just too provincial for words or wedlock.

Her beau is John Mangan's Count Mushroom, soaring in falsetto into a stratosphere of polysyllabic affability. He comes back to earth in skirts while her husband, played with no nonsense authority by David Newham, enjoys watching his little plot work out.

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John Stokes' set combines simplicity with style, and a sense of period is kept up with Julia Fallon's fine costumes.

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