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The Crown Jewels Review

Reviewed by Holly

Disclaimer: tickets were gifted from London Box Office in return for an honest review 

It is no understatement to say The Crown Jewels is unlike other shows in the West End. It blends comedy, slapstick, song and history. The Crown Jewels tells the story of a plot to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in attempts to stop the 10th year Jubilee of Charles II. 

The performance begins with Carrie Hope Fletcher giving a stunning introduction to Charles II in song. As she belts the final note, applause erupts and you know you are night for a treat of a show, as Al Murray pops up out of bed and starts his hilarious portrayal of the king.
The cast revolves in three different groups, the royals, the irish robbers and the family of the Tower of London. Each group dynamic works perfectly, the actors together are one of the best comedic casts I’ve seen in a long time.
The duo of Al Murray and Mel Giedroyc as both husband/wife and king/courtier are both phenomenal, they play opposite each other so well and they know how to make the audience laugh with so little effort, as do all the cast no matter the scene. I found myself laughing through the majority of the show. Unless you’ve seen the show you wont understand how a banana can make a full theatre erupt into laughter. 
One thing I didn't expect whilst watching the show was the audience interaction in the show. During different parts of the show the audience is able to play along with the plot of the story whether they mean or not. With audience members pretending to be members of the royal court, Mel Giedroyc asking to sit on someone's lap, with the most surprising being Charles II having the entire audience shout “I hate the Dutch”. Trust me it makes sense in the show.

I thoroughly recommend everyone to go and see The Crown Jewels, it is a night out at the theatre like no other, there is hilarious unexpected puppetry, an enjoyable yet mad view into a true historical event and a star studded spectacular cast. 
Whilst this is a new play beginning its run in London's West End, I believe this will be a favourite to remain for a long time, the comedy is current and slightly crude with innuendo sprinkled throughout the show but has you belly laughing through all of it. 
The Crown Jewels is at The Garrick Theatre for a limited run till the 16th Sept before going on tour across the UK. Don’t miss the chance to see this new hilarious addition to the West End, after all Charles II commands that you do.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You can purchase tickets to The Crown Jewels through London Box Office with prices from £10, visit to book.

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