Show review: Demon Dentist written by David Walliams
- Published on Wednesday, 02 November 2022 13:19
- Last Updated on 01 November 2022
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The David Walliams’ brand is always going to deliver precisely what you expect, in greater or lesser degrees, and this production of Demon Dentist written by David Walliams and adapted by Neal Foster edges towards one of the better deliveries. Overall, the casting is particularly inspired in this production. Zain Abrahams, who plays newsagent Raj, deserves particular mention for his warm and very humorous performance and somewhat steals the show but Misha Malcolm (playing social worker Winnie) provides a meritorious second in terms of keeping the production away from the edge of dentist terror which it otherwise invites.
And not always successfully; there were more than a couple of younger members who were clearly upset by the story line and while the play, as plays do, finds its happy ever after resolution the spectre of dentistry as a remote entity which operates without the benefit of parental support and which operates as a potential instrument of pain and suffering, isn’t laid to rest in the production.
Our now toothless and orphaned hero, Alfie (Sam Varley), has his new adoptive parents and the wicked tooth witch has been dispatched but there’s a Dahl-esque quality overall which invites the question of the age group the production aims itself towards. The jokes are mostly of a slapstick, playground nature and the performance is delivered in fine pantomime fashion but the older children were more inclined to acknowledge them than be amused by them. The theme lends itself to the older age group but the younger audience were largely indifferent to character development and gave the impression that they were waiting patiently for the next visual gag, joke, or song.
The singing, it has to be said, was of fine quality and I wouldn’t have been the only adult ruminating on the fact that, as Columbo says to Johnny Cash, “anyone who sings like that can’t be all bad” and recognising that dead tooth witches aren’t going to please us with their superb singing qualities ever again.
This is a show worth seeing for the family and was a lovely night out for everyone. West End producers of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy promise Demon Dentist to be the most thrilling and hilarious adventure yet!
London Mums’ rating: 7/10
New Wimbledon Theatre
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