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Die Fledermaus, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury ★★½

Ellen Kent’s rendition often struggles to deliver [the requisite] comedy. Matters threaten to disappoint when the curtain comes up on the same set that the company used for Tosca in its previous visit to Aylesbury. The Italianate embellishments feel out of place for a Viennese setting, with matters not helped by wicker garden furniture that looks like it has been borrowed from a 1970s Cinzano Bianco commercial. Thankfully, the performances distract from the inappropriateness of the set, even when they are not strong enough for the material…

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