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Review: The Book Club at the King’s Head Theatre

Life’s got a bit boring for Deborah.

Her husband is preparing to run a marathon and doesn’t really have much time for her. Her children have left home and selfishly haven’t provided any grandchildren to fuss over.

But then The Book Club comes along – and her whole world changes…

Despite having an entire cast of characters, The Book Club is a one-woman show. That woman is Amanda Muggleton, soon to be seen in Hollyoaks, but perhaps best known in the UK for her role as Chrissie Latham in Prisoner: Cell Block H. A veteran of theatre back in Australia, it’s no surprise that she’s a tour de force as Debs Goodman. At moments there are shades of Bette Midler as she works the entire intimate space at the King’s Head Theatre to great comedic effect.

She switches from character to character with ease and expert timing, each one with a different accent that she remarkably nails without let up.

What’s fascinating about The Book Club is that the star repeatedly breaks through the fourth wall – something which can often be uncomfortable, yet works wonders in the shows favour, with the audience quickly warming to sometimes being a part of the story. In fact, it becomes fascinating to watch as Deborah’s story unfolds and you can visibly see people in the audience identifying with the character and certain scenarios. When talk turns to infidelity, there seemed to be a lot of people chuckling to themselves knowingly…

Funny, heart-warming and at times very close to the bone when it comes to love and relationships – lose yourself in a good book (club) immediately.

GT gives The Book Club 4/5

The Book Club runs until 5 November, King’s Head Theatre, London, tickets and more information are available at kingsheadtheatre.com

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