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Its initial theatricality and wooden staging fail to engage, undermining a terrific true story, but as that story begins to unfold things pick up no end, and we begin to understand how one very unworldly Englishman could be so easily manipulated into a position that would lead to his downfall and exile. Tim Pigott-Smith plays Wodehouse with aplomb, frustrating us with his naivety, and it’s left to Zoe Wanamaker’s spiky and sassy Ethel Woodhouse to provide clues as to why he would have so foolishly walked into such an obvious trap.
Let it draw you in and you’ll be rewarded by a nuanced, thoughtful story that has a rare impact.