The League Of Gentlemen: Live At Drury Lane [DVD] 
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"What do you think this is... Dick Whittington?" shouts Reece Shearsmith in The League of Gentlemen--Live at Drury Lane--the West End version of the BBC2 series--"You'll be wanting to see men dressed as women next!" Reece is, needless to say, dragged-up to the nines at this point. The first half of the production--which Shearsmith, alongside Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton took to Drury Lane in March 2001--sees the trio revisit their Perrier Award winning show of 1997. Clad in tuxedos, the League explore a public schoolboy's love of theatre and smut with sketches that border on post-modern: football fans chant "Ooh-ahh, Ophelia" during Hamlet; a Restoration comedy turns into a Faustian pact; Artic explorers battle repressed homosexuality. The second, and funnier half sees the action move to Royston Vasey, as Tubs looks over the audience and coos "we can't kill them all". The favourite characters transfer to the stage brilliantly, thanks to swift direction and filming that captures every macabre expression. Herr Lipp--looking like Richard Whitely in twin set and pearls--is a scream, and the closing mystery of "Who Shot Pauline?" is heaven for any League fanatic. --Ian Watson
On the DVD: Not a great many extras here, but a couple of additional scenes are welcome. We get Benjamin and the Dentons at breakfast, familiar from Series 1 of the TV series, plus demented newsagent owner "Pop" and his dynastic ambitions for his two sons. There's also the "Big Woman" phone message which first appeared in the League's radio series, multi-angle versions of two sketches ("Scott of the Antarctic" and "Go Johnny Go Go Go Go"), Web site links and a screensaver. --Mark WalkerSee all Product Description
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Two series by this trio have already carved a niche for them with an individual brand of dark humour which centres on the fictional village of Royston Vasey. Characters include shopkeepers Edward and Tubbs (part pig, part depraved humans), tyrannical restart officer Pauline, butcher Hilary Briss (who trades in 'special' meat suspected to be human), and the bizarre freak show master Pa Lazarou. Although distinctly Pythonesque, the type of comedy defies definition and is very much their own. It shocks but doesn't rely on blunt shock laughs, it develops the bizarre yet still aims to be more than just 'wacky'.
The stage show features excerpts from the first two series including the classic card game 'Go Johnny Go Go Go Go', newsagent Pops' discovery of the missing chocolate bars, Pamela's audition and Pauline's outburst at Ross. A few new characters are introduced, but the old ones still dominate. The return of Edward and Tubbs is classic, and the trial of Pauline, calling witnesses including her replacement and the dopey Mickey, is unforgettable.
The highlight for me was the performance by theatre company 'Legs Akimbo' of their summary of northern life. Everything 'Legs Akimbo' have done in the series has been so close to reality in parodying over enthusiastic theatre that it's almost too real to be funny, but The League's form of comedy has achieved it's individuality by pushing back boundaries. 'Legs Akimbo' live dropped jaws and left the entire audience transfixed, scared to laugh in case they missed anything, and like the entire evening I watched, was performed with precision.Read more ›
So for those thinking of buying the DVD, save your money and get the video instead.
A healthy mix of old and new stuff with Royston Vasey favourites (such as Tubbs & Edward, Papa Lazarou, the Dentons and loads more), with less familiar, non-Royston Vasey sketches such as the mountain climbers (as seen on the Red Nose show 2001 in the UK).
There is also a lot of other never-before-seen stuff including the Tubbs and Edward conclusion to the series 2 and the Heir Lip Experience!
So, during the first half, which revisited the original stage show and the format in which it was presented, those in the latter category again could be split into two groups: those for whom it was a wonderful lesson in character comedy and the power of the theatre, and the fact that with minimal props and matching tuxedoes, the sheer virtuosity of the League’s performances were all that were required to provide a superb, hilarious (and, of course, dark) set of sketches; and those who were a little disgruntled because they were seeing three blokes in tuxedoes when they had paid to see Edward and Tubbs asking people if they were local and Papa Lazarou calling people Dave. Of course, they perked up once the fully costumed second half started and everything was familiar again. That’s the dumb TV generation for you… I know that sounds incredibly snobbish, but I make no apology for it. The League of Gentlemen require their audience, be they a TV or theatre audience, to use their brains a little. Sadly this seems to be a problem for some people.
Reading the reviews on this website, it would appear that the same two categories can be applied here also.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The League Of Gentlemen were terrific. Saw them on this tour, and live was a work of art too. Enjoy!Published on 4 Jan. 2013 by Gavin Dytham
Multifaceted Northern comedy trio playing numereous roles captured live in London's West End. See Tubbs and Edward in their Local shop for Local people, marvel at Dr. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by marktiger
This started off rather poorly, a song and dance routine not in the usual styling of the show. It just didn't sit well with what we have come to expect from the chaps. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2004 by Jay M
I saw the League Of Gentlemen tour at Nottingham Arena and while I was entertained that night I missed out on a lot of the visuals and subtleties of the comedy by sitting too far... Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2003 by Richard
The characters in this show are mostly the same as in the series, with my personal favourites Ollie Plimsols, Bernice, Iris and Mrs. Read morePublished on 20 July 2002 by Dana
The live show captures the best moments from the outstanding BBC Comedy series, which the audience seems to find incredibly funny, but I felt that this just did not translate well... Read morePublished on 7 April 2002
As a fan of the League of Gentlemen, with its sweeping Vistas of Northern Countryside, and the brilliance of the characters I couldn't really see how the format could be... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2002 by JRL Smith
Probably the best thing on television in years. Any fan will be kicking themselves if they missed the League on tour as it was one of the funniest events ever. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2001