Count Arthur Strong
This article is from 2006.
In previous Edinburgh shows he’s brought us the mysteries of Egypt and the diaries ‘of his he’s done’. This time Count Arthur Strong has put his life story to music. Of course that’s only a small part of the show: he faffs about tremendously before getting to the meat - or should that be the piccalilli - of the show. As ever, the Count is expertly drawn, bumbling on to stage in his outdoor hat and coat, not realising the show has started. There follows a magnificently drawn-out comedy moment as he swaps pairs of glasses before spotting us.
There’s a pickle taste test with his hapless prodigy Malcolm and an incident with his second hand copy of a Patricia ‘Cornwall’ novel before he eventually reveals scenes from his musical including a brilliantly messed-up mirror sequence. Strong just seems to get funnier every time. (Marissa Burgess)
Assembly Rooms, 226 2428, until 28 Aug, 6.27pm, £10-£11 (£8.50-£9.50).