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THE KING AND QUEEN (article first published : 2007-12-20; last edited : [an error occurred while processing this directive])

To mix the works of Elvis “The King” Presley and Freddie Mercury and his acclaimed group Queen could be considered by fans of each music legend as an action amounting to treason! However, The King and Queen, the latest production running at the popular Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest, allows the two music styles to flow alongside each other comfortably without losing any of their individual impact.

Even taking into account the time of the year and the popularity of this kind of production for festive season functions, The King and Queen is drawing full houses so if you want to catch it, then you’d better pick up the phone now and book before you finish reading this article.

Directed by Grant Bell (of The GeeJay fame) with musical direction by Dawn Selby, John Didlick and Marion Loudon – more than ably supported by highly talented Jonothan Didlick (John’s son) – present the characters of a king and queen whose marriage has become a little shaky. The use of rhyming couplets instead of the fairly bland sort of dialogue created for a show of this kind, makes a refreshing change. The fluctuating relationship between the couple allows for easy transition into numbers like Easy Come, Easy Go; I Want To Break Free; Devil In Disguise; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Heartbreak Hotel and the exquisitely poignant Love Of My Life.

John Didlick is an all-time favourite with Durban audiences, a genial and generous performer with a versatile singing voice. Engaging and svelte, with a dancer’s grace, Marion Loudon compels attention and she’s a good foil for the two men. Tall and good-looking with an engaging smile, Jonathan is a star that is rising fast. While his father pays tribute to the Elvis numbers, Jonathan emulates the Freddy Mercury prance to perfection and gives the Queen numbers the commanding power they demand.

It’s a rock-solid band led by Dawn Selby with Barry Thomson on guitar, Mali Sewell on drums and Mark Freel on bass guitar. Megan McKenzie’s costumes were glitzy and attractive and the lighting involves metallic blues and pinks. However, perhaps there were insufficient lights or the performers’ weren’t “finding” the light – but all too often the faces weren’t clearly lit. The best way to describe this problem is as if someone has passed a piece of gauze across a performer’s face, depriving the audience of a bright clear image and usually resulting in a feeling of mild irritation.

I never know why I bother looking at the menu at The Heritage because I invariably choose their speciality of the house, the tender Braised Lamb Shank, and am never disappointed. Other options for this show are Pollo al Peppe, Grilled Sea Catch (which came highly recommended but I’m not into fish!) and Vegetable Two-Part Tart. For starters there’s Confie Oriental Shredded Duck, King Size Green Lip Mussel and Gable Mushroom Salad. I chose the latter and it was delicious.

The King and Queen runs until December 31 at The Heritage Supper Theatre in Hillcrest. Tickets from R150 to R175 (including two-course meal). Booking on 031 765 4197. – Caroline Smart




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