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The Chuckle Brothers in Pirates of the River Rother review at Grand Theatre Blackpool

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Should the Chuckle Brothers ever need another catchphrase – and having cornered “‘ello” and “to me, to you” they probably won’t – perhaps they would consider “keep in touch, keep on top”.

On the one hand it is strange to think that in box office terms they are actually up there with the likes of Peter Kay and Joe Pasquale but how many other comic acts can pack in two matinee performances a day and still be back in their own homes in time for dinner?

Like all classic comedy acts Paul (the tall one) and Barry make things look easy. Like anyone who wants to be more than just a flash in the pan, they know it is not. To keep on top they keep in touch – when one shouts “all hands on deck” the other responds “all Ant and Dec?” When the cry goes up “abandon ship” the response is, of course, “I hope it’s not McFly.”

All right, it is hardly alternative but anything more drastic would be lost on an audience which is too busy explaining to parents and minders who Spongebob Squarepants is when he makes a cameo appearance during an underwater ultraviolet scene which also includes Shellfish Presley.

As ever the Chuckles and their real brothers Jimmy and Brian Patton combine pantomime, Music Hall, traditional stand-up and slapstick, this time with a little extra help from the tumbling of The Acromaniacs and the magic of Safire. And the kids get to sing Amarillo too.

Production Information

Grand Theatre, Blackpool , March 24, then touring

Paul and Barry Chuckle
Qdos Entertainment
Paul and Barry Chuckle, Jimmy and Brian Patton, Safire, The Acromaniacs
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