The sun looks like it is setting on the Solana Hotel at the start of Derren Litten’s adaptation of his Brits abroad sitcom. Picking up from the 10th series’ swan song, the script sees new owners of the expat paradise intent on a makeover of the Solana’s crumbling, cheap looking interior. Rooms are at rock bottom prices for good reason, as posh couple Sophie and Ben arrive at reception looking for a cheap holiday.
The production brings six of Benidorm’s original TV cast for innuendo and dubious Spanish English word play. From the moment the show’s theme music strikes up the audience at the Regent were ready . There are panto sized cheers for every entrance, from Sherrie Hewson’s manager Joyce and Shelley Longworth’s Sam, to Tony Maudsley’s doyen of on site hairdressing salon Blow and Go, Kenneth and his sidekick Liam, played by Adam Gillen.
The second half, set in Neptune’s Bar, becomes a mini talent show that allows Jake Canuso’s dancing to come to the fore . The show is full of songs performed by Asa Elliott, this set of extended cabaret songs are worth the ticket price alone the highlight is Janine Duvitski singing 1950s pop hit, Rubber Ball, while riding the backs of several of the cast.
A reminder of life as a saucy seaside postcard that gets the audience wishing they were there. It works brilliantly, bringing an evening of great pleasure to the audience, who cheer every familiar and beloved star on their first appearance. The show as you would expect, is full of double entendres that much of the language become naughty, from “sausage in cider” on the menu to a creaky shaft in Kenneth’s salon. A must see show
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