London's Glee Club Opens to Enthusiastic Ovation

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The Glee Club opened to an ovation from the audience April 22, indicating that the gamble on transferring from the little Bush to the West End — at the Duchess Theatre — may have paid off.

Set in the early 1960's, this tale of six miners who form an out-of-hours singing club — during which one of them is revealed to be gay and the victim of a blackmail plot — features several lively songs and a gritty Northern humor, along with a fair share of tragedy.

Starring David Bamber, the play was tremendously well received by the first-night audience, so much so that the actors came back onstage for an encore of one of the songs they performed during the show.

In a sense, given the period and the play itself (which features plenty of male nudity) The Glee Club could be described as a cross between The Full Monty and The York Realist.

—By Paul Webb Theatrenow