Most of us go to the theatre to escape the telly – or, at the very least, we usually set off confidently expecting we won’t end up watching the telly when we get there.
However, with impressionist Luke Kempner’s hit one-man Edinburgh show, it’s the prospect of seeing a popular Sunday night TV show faithfully recreated and lovingly subverted that’s likely to pull in the punters.
The main plot devices – financial woes at Downton Abbey and the Dowager Countess’s impending nuptials – repeatedly bring the very different worlds of the aristocratic period drama and contemporary reality TV into surreal collision. Despite the titular ambiguity, the focus is very much on aspirational Downton rather than chavvy Towie.
Kempner gives us more or less the entire cast of the former and only Gemma Collins from the latter.
Denizens of other current TV favourites keep popping up all the same. Lord Grantham…
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