The Lady Boys of Bangkok
The Sabai Pavilion,Manchester
12 July 2011
Looked at in the round, this was a marvellous evening’s entertainment.
There were songs aplenty, comedy routines and – all the while – glamorous ladies with kindly smiles. Oh, and an elongated contortionist such as Jack Cole once imagined. The standout performance was a spectacular rendition of Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’, though ‘Bad Romance’, Lady Gaga’s premiere contribution to world culture (well, one of them anyway), ran it a close second. Try as you might, it seems like you cannot really take flight from Lady G. nowadays, it’s a futile endeavour even to attempt to.
A smooth, Benny Hill-inspired routine provided the best of the comedy: a hen-pecked hubby unable to resist the temptation to wish his wife away but finding, by and by, something worse in her place. You laugh, even while conceding that the Bishop of Sibenik would most likely not approve: marriage should be forever, children.
If you are looking for a show that gives you vaudeville versions of the Village People, Tom Jones and Robbie Williams amid much else, above all wonderful and exotic ladies in wonderful and exotic costumes, then The Lady Boys of Bangkok should be your next port of call.
The Lady Boys of Bangkok is in Manchester until 16 July and then continues to tour the UK thereafter. Full details are here.