Theatre review: Summer Spectacular at the Spa, Scarborough

Tony Peers Summer show .performers Isabella Lake,Guy Mott,Linda Newport,Rebecca Christian,Naomi Fox,Kris Sheridan,Keeley Clarkson.Front Paul Ludlow..Picture Richard Ponter 132011c
Tony Peers Summer show .performers Isabella Lake,Guy Mott,Linda Newport,Rebecca Christian,Naomi Fox,Kris Sheridan,Keeley Clarkson.Front Paul Ludlow..Picture Richard Ponter 132011c

From its star-spangled start to its glittering finish, the Tony Peeers produced summer show’s a stunner.

It has song, dance and comedy from bill-topper Johnnie Casson who does two sets.

The PC brigade should stop at home if jokes like: “Take my wife – please” offend because Casson makes no apologies for being from the mould which once made stars of men who appeared on The Comedians.

A smattering of the jokes are not just near the knuckle but below the belt – likely to go over the youngest head but adult humour nevertheless.

I thought his material was hilarious: bear in mind I speak as a fan of Frank Carson, Colin Crompton, Mick Miller et al.

The rest of the show is traditional summer show fare – and, again, no apologies for revelling in it: clapping along to the medley from Oliver and Wizard of Oz, singing along to the Take That tribute and cheering for more after the Rio Carnival and party finale.

The opening was an American-themed medley and was dressed perfectly in sparkling red, white and blue stars and stripes costumes.

It set the pace and scene as each set was perfectly dressed and beautifully choregraphed. No expense has been spared on production values. The eight professional performers are excellent as are the youngsters from Hatton School of Performing Arts.

The Summer Spectacular is and does what it says on the tin. It is variety entertainment at its best.

Summer Spectacular runs each Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday until Saturday September 21 at 7.30pm.

The other show for the season is Thoroughly Modern Musicals. It runs each Monday, Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm with matiness on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm.