Towering over the audience on stilts and dressed in ra-ra style trousers, Julian Clary charmed the audience with his outrageous style from the off at Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn.
“I’m looking for love!” he told the sold out crowd.
Overflowing with sexual innuendo in the first half of the show, he had the audience in stitches and while flouncing around the town, Clary confessed to have taken a shine to Shrewsbury and read extracts from the Shrewsbury Chronicle.
Ironically, the straightest part of his performance was also the funniest, demonstrating his expert comedy timing and animated expressions.
But the real laugh-out loud moments came in the second half when Clary plucked reluctant men from the audience to take part in his search for a ‘bride’.
Eight suitors dropped their trousers, gargled Blue Nun wine and presented Clary with patent sparkly pants in a bid to win his heart and, although slightly drawn out, it resulted in some comedy gold such as NHS manager, Adrian, seductively eating a chocolate bar.
Even at the age of 53, Julian remains the king, (or should that be queen?) of the double entendre and his flamboyance left the majority of male listeners relieved to have not been hauled on stage.
Review by Maria Fodor