Boeing Boeing

23 05 2007

I went to see a play called Boeing Boeing at the Comedy Theatre which is running until 20 October 2007.

This theatre used to be known as The Royal Comedy Theatre and it opened in London’s West End on October 15, 1881. This Victorian theatre was designed by Thomas Verity and built in just six months. By 1884 it was known as just the Comedy Theatre.

The play was captioned by Stagetext and it was captioned very well. This play originally opened in the 1960s and I thought it was going to be quite boring (I don’t like anything that’s before my time!), but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a new production by Matthew Warchus and it is very funny. The stage set is very simple, the play is set in one room throughout. Bernard has 3 fiancees who are all air hostesses, and he manages them according to a strict timetable and with the help of his stressed housekeeper. When a faster Boeing aircraft is introduced, messing up his timetable, and an old school friend turns up to stay, Bernard tries to muddle through the ensuing chaos, raising lots of laughs. Recommended.

The staff at the Comedy Theatre looked after my Hearing Dog throughout the performance, and they fell in love with him too (as you do). When I handed him over, I felt as if I was giving him away…..ewww! But armed with his ball, he was happy to have a break from mum and probably enjoyed that much more than lying between cramped seats. Unfortunately my friend stepped on him on our way out and Smudge let off this huge SCREAM…. cue a red face and a smacked arm.

It’s great that deaf people can have access to plays and shows – I just wish there were more captioned shows available.




One response

9 07 2007
Lynn Jackson

I’ve just seen the great feedback about your trip to the Comedy Theatre to see the STAGETEXT captioned performance of Boeing Boeing. We’re really glad you enjoyed it and the staff were so helpful.

If you’d like to go on the STAGETEXT mailing list to receive details of future captioned performances, please email And why not have a look at our website for details of other shows (

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