Billy is a young man, looking for love. They say you can find love in the most unexpected places and so Billy tries a gay sauna (a Bathhouse). Along the way he meets all different kinds of men but will he find love or is everyone else looking for something a little more temporary?
With songs like ‘Clickin’ for Dick’ and ‘Penises are like Snowflakes’, Bathhouse can’t be taken too seriously. It’s camp, its fun, its two hours of staring at half naked men. What more could you want on a Friday night?!
Above the Stag are staging Bathhouse the Musical again this year after a hugely successful run in 2014. Director Tim McArthur is back again, starring in the show and directing at the same time. Tim originally introduced the show to theatregoers back in 2009 and the shows original ‘Billy’ Jon R Harrison returns to the show in the latest production. This time around, Billy is played by Ryan Lynch, the adorable Irish boy who conveys a rabbit in the headlights look about him whilst also running around like a dog on heat. Matthew Harper is the eye candy of the show with his well toned body and cheeky chappy look about him.
Will Ferris and Luke Webber are the kind of sweet, innocent characters that make you want to put them in your pocket and take them home. Will studied at the Guildord School of Acting where he wrote The Bakewell Bakeoff which went on the play at the Landor Theatre. Tim McArthur is the strongest singer of the cast and manages to direct the show in a hysterical manor as well as playing one of the characters himself.
As producer Peter Bull rightly says, this isn’t Chekov, but its harmless and its fun and its perfectly situated in the country’s only full time LGBT theatre. Go and check it out!
Reviewed by Pete Cowell
Bathhouse is playing at Above the Stag theatre in Vauxhall until 29 March 2015. Click here for more information and to book tickets.