“Privates On Parade” Opens To Raves

There’s something about British camp that sends me running for the nearest football game: when all those stiff upper lips start to sneer I start rolling my eyes and searching for a RuPaul clone instead. But one of the prime examples of U.K. fey, Peter Nichols’ 1977 play, “Privates on Parade,” has opened in London, starring Simon Russell Beale (pictured), and the critics are enraptured. Michael Billington raves: “With songs by Denis King, it is much more than a star vehicle for [Beale]: it offers a heady mix of personal memoir, musical parody and jaundiced account of postwar colonial politics.”

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