Monday, 17 December 2018

Review: Father of the Bride

ANYONE who has been remotely connected with organising a wedding will sympathise with the Banks family, whose daughter Kay (Evelyn

ANYONE who has been remotely connected with organising a wedding will sympathise with the Banks family, whose daughter Kay (Evelyn Adams) casually announces she and her boyfriend Buckley are intending to get married.

Caroline Francke’s timeless comedy is set in the New England home of Stanley and Elly Banks in 1954, but its plot has just as much relevance today, and struck a chord with many of the audience on the first night, if the laughter was anything to go by.

The happy couple seems to be firmly set on a small wedding, much to the delight of the bride’s father Stanley (brilliantly played by Steven Pinder) because he can see the dollar signs mounting before his eyes.

His wife, Elly (Rachel Fielding) does her best to keep everyone calm, but at the same time is busy trying to fulfil her ambition of seeing her only daughter as a blushing bride. Needless to say, after mother, daughter and both families have had their input the occasion grows into a major social function, with Stanley becoming more distraught at every new development.

By the time the caterers and outlandish wedding planner (Harry Gostelow) have moved in, Stanley is resigned to being carried along on a wave of hefty spending.

This is an evening that takes you on a merry journey through family relationships at all levels, both at times of stress and joy, and is one of the funniest plays you could wish to see.

Steven Pinder’s portrayal of the hapless father of the bride gives sheer enjoyment from first to last, and you can guarantee there were more than a few fathers of brides in the audience who identified with him.

Continues at the Mill at Sonning Theatre until July 21. Box office: 0118 969 8000 or visit www.millatsonning.com

Mary Scriven

Father Of The Bride, Mill at Sonning Theatre, Thursday, May 23



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