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Keith Dover: The Ustinov Files
Keith first encountered Peter in a Belgium bar following an Arsenal UEFA Cup defeat, but it was only when they got together with Penelope (Keith), Alan (Rickman), and Simon (Callow) that the fun really started.
This one-joke show has barely enough invention to sustain five minutes, yet alone a full-length show.
The pretence is that Dover plays a Cockney electrician who just happens to be friends with some of the leading lights in British theatre.
So he regales the audience with numerous over-extended anecdotes about highbrow celebrities doing mundane, everyday things. Think Stella Street without the impressions.
Thus he moans about Helen Mirran stealing his mashed potatoes, tells of when Dame Judi Dench sang karaoke, or details the supposed feud between Peter Ustinov and Steven Berkoff, culminating in a fight at a pub trivia night.
These interminable anecdotes are all illustrated with Photoshopped pictures, placing Dover alongside the thespians, Zelig-style.
It's all performed in the style of a likeable braggard recounting stories you know to be untrue - and it must be well-done, as it really does simulate the feeling of being trapped by a pub bore for an hour.
There aren't any jokes. Well, maybe three, tops. And not really much point to the ramblings, which don't have enough variation in pace, style or certainly content to hold an audience's interest. Disappointing.
This was a very subtle very funny show. You review is very unfair
Personally I think it was brilliant, I hurt from laughing so hard, I only saw a preview in a dingy little room in Brentwood, but I really want to see the whole set.
I loved this - he really conjured up some fantastic scenarios. I just hope this show will come to London cause I'd love to see it again. Keith can come round to check my fuses anytime.
I thought it was excellent, well thought out, clever and very very funny.
An excellent and highly original show that had me laughing almost as loudly as Rory Bremner in the row behind
This show is the most fun and intelligently constructed piece i've ever seen out of the hundreds i've witnessed over the years.
Seen this show at the Fringe and it's funny and delightful. Go and see the man who knows all the stars and can tell you things about them you don't get to read in Hello!
I saw this preview and thought it was very good, I would like to see more
It is never easy to judge an Edinburgh preview. I saw this show 22.7.02 and then it was a fun show with an engaging performer,whom you wanted believe in. A week or two into the festival, this show will have grown into itself i'm sure and people will asking Peter U: "You know Keith Dover?"