Theatre review: World King
Theatre review: World King

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Boris: World King, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ In terms of satirical message, this direct attack on the bogus cult of Boris Johnson is highly commendable. I couldn’t agree more with its scathing dissection of Johnson as an unprincipled, philandering, duplicitous opportunist who uses the supposed charm and …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Boris: World King, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.

★★

In terms of satirical message, this direct attack on the bogus cult of Boris Johnson is highly commendable.

I couldn’t agree more with its scathing dissection of Johnson as an unprincipled, philandering, duplicitous opportunist who uses the supposed charm and humour of his bumbling toff act to get whatever he wants.

Unfortunately, for a comic play it barely raises a smile.

Actor/impressionist David Benson, best known for his acclaimed stage performance as Kenneth Williams, is impeccable as Johnson, pratfalls and all. But as a comedy it’s disappointingly mediocre.

Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33) until 31 August / listings

Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015

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