By Alan Davies
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
COMEDIAN Mark Thomas brings his acclaimed Bravo Figaro show to Hertford Theatre later this week.
A POIGNANT show about a man suffering from a degenerative illness and how his son puts on an opera for him in his Bournemouth bungalow isn’t your regular comedy subject matter.
However, that’s precisely the content of Mark Thomas’ latest, deeply personal tour.
It’s a stark change in theme for the political comedian.
But the touching and brilliantly funny Bravo Figaro, which can be seen at Hertford Theatre on Friday, February 8, has won critical acclaim after wowing audiences at Edinburgh.
After walking the wall in the West Bank, becoming Guinness World Record holder for political protests and chasing arms dealers around the country, Mark Thomas turns his attention to matters closer to home with a show about his father.
First commissioned by London’s prestigious Royal Opera House, Bravo Figaro is the true tale of Mark’s dad, a self-employed builder with a passion for opera, his degenerative illness, progressive supranuclear palsy, and Mark’s attempt to put opera on in a bungalow in Bournemouth.
It’s a bitersweet story about love, death, fathers and sons, and the search for peace in an imperfect world, with some gags thrown in for luck.
And it’s told by one of the finest political activists and storytellers in the country.
The heartwarming and deeply moving Bravo Figaro comes to the theatre in The Wash, Hertford, on Friday, February 8 at 8pm.
Tickets cost £15, and £10 concessions.
Call the box office on 01992 531500 or book online at www.hertfordtheatre.com