Kingmaker

The creators of last year’s hit political parody Coalition have returned to answer that very current question: what if Boris Johnson runs for the job of Prime Minister? The result is Kingmaker – slick, playful political satire sharpened to a delightful point.

It doesn’t pack the punch of some more charged shows on this year, but I cannot accuse it of a single fault.

That said, the verbal, physical, and rhetorical tics of all three characters are pinned down to a T. Alan Cox’s precise portrayal of Boris Johnson’s bumbling mannerisms should make you worry if Cox ever attempts to go into politics himself - or it should make you question the true man or woman behind the smooth political fronts we’re so used to seeing. As the opening of the play aptly reminds us, coming across as authentic requires a lot of technique. The irony of making this statement in a theatre is not lost on the performers; the soliloquies are brilliant breaks from the dialogue, structuring the piece masterfully.

Even when the emotional pitch is raised, the humour remains unaffected, and the piece is too cheerfully self-conscious to really commit to a sense of personal tragedy. But it treads a wonderful line, all to the production’s benefit. It doesn’t pack the punch of some more charged shows on this year, but I cannot accuse it of a single fault.

Reviews by Henry St Leger

Pleasance Dome

Police Cops in Space

★★★★
Underbelly, Cowgate

Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

★★★★★
Summerhall

A Hundred Different Words for Love

★★★★★
Bush Theatre

Guards at the Taj

★★★★★
Camden People's Theatre

Beta Public V

★★★★

Performances

Location

The Blurb

A bumbling, charismatic London Mayor challenges his enemies to become prime minister. But will his comic and colourful past destroy him? A new satire by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, writers of 2012 Edinburgh hit Coalition: ‘Real class’ **** (Times), **** (Scotsman) and Making News: ‘More punch than a Paxman interrogation’ **** (ThreeWeeks), **** (Times). Starring Alan Cox. Directed by multiple award-winning Hannah Eidinow.