CHESTERFIELD: Review of Who’s Who at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

Who's Who at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield
Who's Who at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield

What’s the best way to avoid being found out if you indulge in extra-marital naughties? Tell the truth at all times and bluff it out if you’re caught? Or just – lie?

Whichever you choose, you’ll need to be better at it than the characters in Who’s Who!

This classic 1970s farce by masters of the genre Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall is at the Pomegranate this week, getting the optimistically named Spring Play Season off to a hilarious start.

Given the subject matter, it’s guaranteed it will all end in tears – of laughter, since Rumpus Theatre Company is involved.

John Goodrum, Nicholas Gilbrook, Susan Earnshaw and Karen Henson have a grand time digging themselves in and out of assorted marital holes, in as fine a hotel in Brighton as ever graced the Pomegranate stage.

It’s a rare old muddle of philandering husbands, wives and girlfriends, truth and lies, riddles and snooker cues (you had to be there) – and the fun gets even funnier when Millie Henson as the disembodied hotel receptionist forgets to turn her microphone off.

And after the interval things get even more interesting. I think they call it deconstructing the genre. But whatever label you put on it, the result is two hours of fast, furious fun.

It runs until Saturday, January 18, and the Spring Play Season continues in two weeks.

LYNNE PATRICK