Review: Fallen Angels, Theatre Royal Brighton

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One of the funniest shows I have seen for a long time, Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels is side-splittingly hilarious, and will have you rolling around in your seat with laughter.

The comedy is currently showing at Theatre Royal Brighton and follows friends Julia Sterroll played by Jenny Seagrove and Jane Banbury played by Sara Crowe.

The pair have been left alone for the weekend while their husbands are away playing golf.

But a relaxing weekend turns into frenzied nightmare when a past lover gets in contact and says he is intending to call in.

The women, who have both had a love affair with the French man Maurice Duclos (Philip Battley), hit the bottle in an attempt to fight their desire for their former lover, and alleviate the panic of his imminent arrival.

And this is where the fun begins.

Every time the phone rings, the doorbell goes, or a car pulls up outside, the duo jump out of their skin and think it is the much anticipated Mr Duclos – but in true comedy style it is never him.

As the evening progresses the friends drink more and more champagne and as tongues start to loosen a hilarious set of events unravel, which had me in tears.

I can honestly say I have never laughed so much.

The star of the show for me was Sara Crowe.

She is absolutely brilliant. The timing and delivery of her lines is spot on, and I think she was the funniest character in the play.

The chemistry between the two women really makes the play – the characters good friendship means they can openly display their fears and desires to each other, and be honest about their current marriages, which is comedy genius.

Gillian McCafferty who plays know it all house keeper Saunders is also hilarious. She is absolutely brilliant. There is nothing her character can not do and has not done.

Soon the merriment turns more sour and an argument breaks out between Julia and Jane.

With such a great scene over it is difficult to imagine where the play can go next.

But Coward is a genius and just when you think Maurice is not going to turn up, he saunters into the women’s lives to the horror of their husbands, who have returned early from their golf trip. This creates another set of hilarious events.

I have so many compliments to give about this production. The cast have really brought it to life and my review does not do the play justice.

So there is only one thing to do, book your tickets quick, this is a night you won’t regret.

It’s funny, clever and has scenes that will leave you laughing well after the show has ended. Fallen Angels is a must see.

l Fallen Angels runs at Theatre Royal Brighton until Saturday (March 8). To book tickets call 0844 871 7650 or visit