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Boris: World King – the reviews come in!

20150721-MF2_4249Our latest show has just opened in Edinburgh and we’ve had a great few performances so far.

Boris: World King will run at the Pleasance Courtyard, 1:45pm every day until 31 August.

We’ll use this blog post to collate all the press reviews we get. So check back. Fingers crossed…


The Times (Dominic Maxwell)
**** “Written with equal parts flourish and focus… it nails both Johnson’s blustery charm and the steely way he uses it
Full review (Paywall)

London Evening Standard (Veronica Lee)
**** “David Benson is uncannily accurate… A very amusing show, with a bite in its tail, that surely deserves a London transfer.
Full review

Broadway Baby (Rory Mackenzie)
***** “A giddy, silly and savagely satirical delight. Impeccable performances match impeccable writing in this unique take on one of Britain’s most unique figures.
Full review

The Times (Keiza Dugdale)
The sharpest show I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe. The writing is beautiful and the delivery so exacting.
Full article (paywall)

The Guardian (Mark Lawson)
A comic but accurate account of the rise and pratfalls of a politican whose career feels uniquely suited to slapstick dramatisation.
Full article

The Stage
**** “David Benson does a superb impersonation of Johnson, nailing his wild, stuttering mannerisms, and Crawshaw’s script cleverly allows BJ to hang himself with his own desperate need to please. A smart and unsettling piece.
Full review

British Theatre Guide (Keith McKenna)
**** “Benson as Boris combines a genial selfish charm with just the hint of a cruel, conniving intelligence below the surface… This fine entertainment deserves to be seen by everyone.
Full review

Frowning Magazine (US)
Nothing short of hysterical. A bold political satire… truly the king of the Pleasance Courtyard!
Full review

The Student Newspaper
**** “Very amusing and highly recommended
Full review

The Independent
Benson is highly amusing as Boris… comically portraying a persona before effectively skewering it.
Full review

Edinburgh Evening News
**** “A Buster Keaton-inspired piece of slapstick.
Full review


Gyles Brandreth
A sensational five-star performance… David Benson & Alice McCarthy are quite brilliant in Tom Crawshaw’s sharp & hilarious bio-drama about Boris Johnson” (via Twitter and Twitter)

Kezia Dugdale (Scottish Labour Leader) (in The Times)
The sharpest show I’ve seen on this year’s Fringe. The writing is beautiful and the delivery so exacting.
Full article (paywall)

Iain Dale (LBC Radio)
A rip-roaring hour… if you can get tickets, this is a show not to miss.
Full post

David Benson’s performance as Boris is teriffic, as is Alice McCarthy… Every man and his dog is fighting to say how great this play is, so they don’t really need my help repeating my endorsements.
Full blogpost
A brilliantly funny show, filled with latin, Boris bikes, wiff-waff and tomfoolery. This level of clowning and mimicry takes skill in order for it not to look too staged.
Full blogpost
**** “There is much to keep the audience entertained… extremely polished performances.
Full blogpost

Twitter reaction

**** “Hugely frolicsome! What a character to embody and done so accurately.

**** “A satirical masterclass.

Brilliant! Haven’t had a good laugh like that in a long time. Gaeat performances all round!

In Edinburgh? Go see #borisworldking the hilarious dissection of Boris Johnson. A must see!

Brilliant satire on @BorisJohnson quest for world dominance

A MUST SEE show at the Edinburgh festival.

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