The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Silly hats and stories inspired by the fictional nobleman

Even though the show bears his name, the fictional teller of tall tales Baron Munchausen doesn't actually appear here (or does he?). Instead, the stories we hear are inspired by his absence – the Baron is missing, and only by creating the sort of works of fiction he might enjoy are we able to summon him.

So each of the three storytellers solicits suggestions from the audience as they go, to create a trio of stories filled with magic, unlikeliness and the good-natured involvement of the audience, whether they're invited to impersonate a tree, gallop as if on horseback through the venue, or simply offer a prompt here and there.

Nigel Lovell, Will Seaward and Alice Moore are the storytellers, and after short introductions they each take charge of a story, with only the help of a table of silly hats and the audience to keep everything moving. Each has their own particular character, with Seaward a cheerful sort who likes to give the others 'helpful' suggestions, and Lovell more of a reserved, Alexander Armstrong-type.

Results must depend largely on the size and engagement levels of the crowd, who – when we visited – were hyped by the performers to pleasingly enthusiastic levels.

The Stand's New Town Theatre, until 25 Aug, 4.10pm, £9 (£6).

The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Children's show about the fantastical adventures and exploits of Baron Munchausen, performed by comedians and improvisers in some very silly hats.