Off-West End

Park Theatre

Until Sun Sep 22 2013

  • © Ben Broomfield

    Clive Francis and James Dutton

  • © Ben Broomfield

    Clive Francis and James Dutton

  • © Ben Broomfield

    James Dutton and John Wark

  • © Ben Broomfield

    May Keegan, Joanna Wake, Clive Francis, Andrew Jarvis, James Dutton, Sarah-Jayne Butler, John Wark

  • © Ben Broomfield

    Lucy May Barker

  • © Ben Broomfield

    Claire Cartwright and James Dutton

© Ben Broomfield

Clive Francis and James Dutton

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Jasmine Cole

This was okay. The set was clever and the costumes were beautiful. The lightning effects were good and most of the acting was strong. Unfortunately, there isn't much else to praise. Farce needs to make you laugh out loud to be effective, but the only time I laughed was when my Dad's chair in the middle of the second half and he swore very loudly. I understand that farce doesn't need a clever plot to work, but when it's also not funny the complete lack of structure to the play really causes a problem. I'm glad I went. It was nice to see the theatre and I wasn't bored, but I also wouldn't recommend it. For a play that claims to be "rip-roaring," I was left sadly disappointed.

Emma Brady

Great new north London venue - but not sure what to make of Thark at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park. Enjoyed the set, loved the costumes and a strong acting comes the but..... Everyone has a tricky relationship with farce and especially period farce (this play was written in the 1920's). However, there is exquisite pleasure in laughing until your sides split and gasping for your share of oxygen when the script is strong and the actors succeed in getting the audience to let go of their senses! Unfortunately this is rare and doesn't happen with Thark. I was left feeling amused at times - even charmed-but it isn't enough. Without the belly laughs one starts to search for something else - like a plot. I was hopeful in the second act that the haunted house setting might start to do the trick - I so wanted a laugh, but no, there was a flicker and then a fizzle. The special effects delivered crashing windows in a storm and even a ghost and then.....there was clapping and the play had finished. I was so shocked that I had missed the denouement and any sense of resolution that I almost asked my neighbour 'Has it finished? Surely there's another act?' It wasn't a dead evening but a congenial gathering - a reflection of the Edwardian doings on the stage.