The Three Lions**** (Pleasance Beyond Edinburgh, 14 August 2013)

Posted: August 14, 2013 in Theatre

During 2010 in a Swiss hotel, England campaigned and lost its bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. William Gaminara’s new comedy focusses on the three leaders of that bid – David Cameron (Dugald Brace-Lockhart), David Beckham (Sean Browne) and Prince William (Tom Davey). Anyone hoping for sharp and perceptive satire of politics, football or royalty will be disappointed and the services of libel lawyers will not be needed. This is just gentle, old-fashioned comedy with touches of trouser-dropping farce thrown in, all the laughs being extracted from obvious comic traits in the general public perceptions of these figures. Three spot-on impersonations add to the fun and the laughter at the hilarious climax could well have been even louder because of the large number of Scots in the audience.

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