The Pirates of Penzance - Wilton's Music Hall, 11 April 2010
The USP of this show is an all-male cast, the tittersome possibilities of which are exploited to the max by increasing the the Major General's complement of daughters from four to an improbable ten or so strapping specimens. They are mercifully wig and makeup-free (the fresh-faced cast also double up as pirates and, with moustaches on sticks, as policemen). The effect is more public school end of term play than drag act. Only the turbanned and mascara-ed Ruth (Samuel J Holmes) edges closer to panto dame territory.