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Whether you normally look down from the cheap seats in the gods, or sit up close in the front row, there's so much happening on the London performing arts scene and comedy circuit, it can be difficult to decide which shows you should spend your cash on and which shows should quite frankly, pay you for turning up.

At Views from the Gods, we review all the latest London talent, from West End plays to emerging comedians. We hope our site helps introduce you to some new performers.

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Having made plans to entertain the lovely Cherry Buck (Isabella Hayward), Sir Hector Benbow (Mathijs Swarte) is horrified to find out that his wife, Lady Benbow (Charlotte Vassell) is - not unreasonably - on her way home. To their house. Where she lives. This leads to a comedy of errors where his nephew, Ronny Gamble (Robin Blell) is roped into being the cover story for his indiscretion, despite Ronny being engaged to Sir Hector's ward, Kitty Stratton (Natalia Lewis). Butler Hook (Daniel Casper) and maid Warner (Sophia Lorenti) try to keep up with the various comings and goings, but with Mrs Frush (Ellie Gill) and her son Lionel Frush (Alexander Hopwood) also repeat visitors to the Benbows' home, you could forgive them for not quite managing.

A lot happens in the four acts, yet playwright Ben Travers never explores any of his ideas in any meaningful way. Although Hook is clearly emotional about becoming a father, we never revisit his initial excitement. Whilst Kitty Stratton is a ward of the Benbows, Travers never tells us why she isn't being looked after by her own parents. Is there a tragic backstory there? The plotline with Kitty's allegedly haunted ancestral home gives the play its title and introduces even more characters into an already crowded list of protagonists, such as Whittle (Kieran Slade), a passing journalist. However, the change in setting makes for an regretfully abrupt ending rather than a satisfying resolution.

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