This stylish adaptation of the famous 1956 film starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby was always going to a big act to follow.
But the show which centres around a wealthy socialite family, is certainly rich in entertainment.
Sophie Bould plays Long Island divorcee Tracy Lord. Her preparations for a lavish society wedding to George Kittredge (Keiron Crook) are disrupted by the unexpected arrival of ex-husband Dexter Haven, who has designs on winning her back.
Michael Praed (best remembered for Robin of Sherwood fame) shows real poise as Dexter and there are plenty of comedy moments from veteran Teddy Kempner (Uncle Willie) and young Katie Lee (Dinah Lord), with sound contributions from Daniel Boys (reporter Mike Connor), Alex Young (Liz Imbrie), and Marilyn Cutts (Margaret Lord).
An impressive set, slick choreography and the sophistication of Cole Porter’s score, combine to create this effervescent production.
Fine songs include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Just One Of Those Things, You’re Sensational, True Love and Well, Did You Evah.
This 70-year-old tale of a boy, a girl and unrequited love has certainly stood the test of time.
Review by Amanda Chalmers.
High Society plays at the Derngate until Saturday.