Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ 1957 follow-up to Salad Days, Free as Air, was scheduled at the Finborough and I bought a ticket straight away, having adored the earlier show when I saw it in Hammersmith. Despite the minimal set and cosy seating, I loved this adorable, comical show.
Set on the (fictional) channel island of Terhou, the musical tells the story of the locals who are preparing for their annual Independence Day celebration. They are in a quandary – they’ve run out of girls to be the “Queen” for the day, but their problem is solved when a runaway heiress arrives, trying to escape from the tabloid reporters.
Unashamedly silly and gloriously charming, the show boasts a fine cast who are in fine voice both when singing as part of a group and alone. I loved it – a hugely uplifting experience.