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Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

PUBLISHED: 11:25 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:41 24 August 2010

TWO prostitutes are trying to open a kosher brothel in the Finchley Road . And so we are introduced to one of Spike Milligan s madcap Battery Quartet bandmates. Unsurprisingly, Spike Milligan s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, is filled with equal

TWO prostitutes are trying to open a kosher brothel in the Finchley Road".

And so we are introduced to one of Spike Milligan's madcap Battery Quartet bandmates.

Unsurprisingly, Spike Milligan's Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, is filled with equally quirky, oddball characters who sing, dance and joke their way through World War Two.

The plot, taken from the author's memoirs, is loosely based on his journey through the war, from arriving three months late for his conscription to his life-changing injury in 1944, with plenty of jazz numbers along the way.

The cast of five are truly talented and incredibly diverse, all with top musical skills and the ability to switch between crude comedy, energetic jazz pieces and battle scenes.

Sholto Morgan excels in his professional debut, and, with his bulging eyes, floppy hair and slightly bemused look, he encapsulates the young Milligan perfectly.

Matthew Devereaux, as the awkward Bandmaster and camp Hitler, has the audience screaming with his Basil Fawlty resemblance and on-the-spot timing.

The old-school puns became slightly tiresome after the first few scenes, with Morgan's character turning every comment into a play on words which may have been better suited to a stand-up set from the forties.

But it seemed the humour was well appreciated by the Hampstead Theatre audience who raucously laughed on cue at each joke.


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