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Final Verdict

Skinner is as funny as ever. From the first minute to last he comes on stage bringing a relaxed and engaging  performance.

Frank Skinner Live Review- Leicester Square

”Frank Skinner is as funny as ever. From the first minute to last he comes on stage bringing a relaxed and engaging  performance. Frank Skinner is as relevant now as ever and not just past eras”

I came to know Frank Skinner in the days of ‘Fantasy Football’ and ”Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned” back when i was a young lad but had never seen him live although through TV appearances liked his persona.

So it has been five years since Frank Skinner completed a Live Tour with Frank Skinner: Man in a Suit show but god has he kept himself busy ..Previously of Room 101, Portrait Artist of the Year, Landcape Artist of the Year, IPlayer show Frank Skinner On Demand With, Currently also presenting on Absolute Radio as well as partaken in many other radio shows he certainly hasn’t taken the lighter path of relaxation.

Avalon Entertainment kindly invited me to attend one of the last dates of his current Tour Frank Skinner Live, however this has had additional dates added so check the bottom of this article for them.

Seated within the Leicester square theatre i was sat in the side stalls which was a god use of space for the theatre and still left a decent view of the stage looking diagonally on rather than head on. Nevertheless Skinner still visible.

 

This was just Frank Skinner tonight, no support act so the show was billed as a 9pm start for the man himself to hit the ground running.

Big Bold Music starts and we see Skinner enter stage enthusiastically whilst holding his phone out, coming to learn he is the master of his entrance music which is being fed from his phone and recycling good old Bruce Forsyth we get a big ‘Nice to see you, Nice’ entrance. Talking about his experiences of Bruce we hear of these entertainers and what they may just have been like to know..better or worse.

Frank thanks us all for coming and references the six seats in a row near the front that are empty..although a sold out show he could laugh at the fact of it being a hot day, late-ish start for the show, that there’s always that one mate in the pub that after a few beers suggests ‘shall we not bother’ and so then go on to miss that event that youve paid for to stay in the pub.

Skinner interacts brilliantly with the audience, randomly picking people out, getting their names and spontaneously merging them with the content of the show or briefly running with an impromptu gag. On this night he also handles a guy that wants to try and be part of the show also. I loved the way he then kept these people involved throughout the rest of the show referencing them or asking opinion.

Frank shows without trying how at ease on stage he is and that comes across he is engaging, relatable and even able laugh at himself. Other topics referenced are Age, the aches that come with it and how to handle it. Having turned 62…yes 62! he gives us a little insight into aging bodies as well as wealth.  Self admitting his success and how his wife gets constantly embarrassed by his shows of it even in the most common of places – his shortbread millionaire piece gets all all laughing as well as being recognised as a comic from a past era.

An hour long show and before we leave he also reminds us that their are always worse ways to have got home,.

A great night, Frank Skinner is a naturally funny guy and id love to see more live tours from him, if only to get more of an insight into things that interest or bug him!

Skinner is as funny as ever. From the first minute to last he comes on stage bringing a relaxed and engaging  performance. Frank Skinner is as relevant now as ever and not just past eras.

Would of loved the opportunity for a photo afterwards however doesn’t appear he was coming out…maybe next time!

REMAINING DATES:

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre
Date: Friday 12th July
Time: 9.00pm
Ticket Price: £20
Box Office: 0207 734 2222
Website: http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre
Date: Saturday 13th July
Time: 9.00pm
Ticket Price: £20
Box Office: 0207 734 2222
Website: http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

Date: Saturday 27th July
Time: 9.00pm
Ticket Price: £20
Box Office: 0207 734 2222
Website: http://www.leicestersquaretheatre.com

Thanks for reading,

Aaron Whittington

www.aaronwhittington.co.uk

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