Review – Naked Boys Singing!, King’s Head Theatre

Thursday 25 June 2009

nakedboysSix young actors and dancers successfully audition for a part in a nude review. It’s A Chorus Line with knobs on.

The Whingers have always maintained that the penis mightier than the sword so Phil felt a dipstick when he realised he had left his trusty tool at home and was forced to resort to alternative equipment. Instead his stubby, fat fingers clasped his pencil to doodle through Naked Boys Singing! (conceived by Mister Robert Schrock) on Tuesday evening (staged, appropriately enough, at that dingy joint the King’s Head Theatre).

“Why did we book for this thingamabob ?” nagged Phil’s little friend Andrew shortly before it went up. This sticky question was on his lips again as the pair shot off immediately the limp, unsatisfying affair had come to its ostensible climax. Even at a mere 70 minutes it had taken the Whingers quite some perseverance not to be early risers from their seats and somehow soldiered on to stick the thing out to the end.

NBS is a collection of songs about sex, nudity and masturbation and very tiresome it is too. The humour is in the blue vein. Andrew could rapidly feel one of his heads coming on, Phil had a cob on and was idly dreaming of getting home to play his 7″ Elvis collection.

Well at least two members of the audience were loving it anyway. A man would whistle and howl with laughter while his chum, another schmuck shouted out desperately unfunny comments much to the bemusement of the rest of the audience. Most looked like they wanted the plonker to zip it.

One chap kept his clothes on, cranked up the show a tad as he tackled the best song of the evening (which isn’t praise by any means) about Bob Mitchum as he tinkles on his instrument (sadly a piano, not an organ). But it wasn’t enough to alter the demeanour of the Whingers: for them this flaccid evening had no meat or muscle. Its metaphorical musings on nudity (“naked is more than being uncovered”, “I was naked, I was raw, I was vulnerable”, “nakedness is just another window to the soul”) failed to arouse the Whingers at all. Given the chance they would have jacked it in and beaten a hasty retreat.

The best we can say is that final revelation of the cast members’ members made the Whingers feel better about their limitations and it was suddenly apparent why a myopic person keen on smut might be forced to pay to secure one of the higher-priced front row seats and it might explain why most of those who had bothered to do this came under the heading of “old fellas”.

But, yes, we’re feeling much better about ourselves. Highly liberated. Look out for the follow up: Naked Whingers Drinking at a drinking establishment near you very soon. If you’re on your way to the bar, ours are big ones.


The Whingers were bored stiff by Altar Boyz, which is currently playing in New York at the same theatre complex as NBS and is also soon to be inflicted on London audiences. Same sort of package (but without the todgers) same sort of reaction from these codgers. It got on our wicks and we were cock-a-hoop when it ended.

There’s a film based on NBS. The Whingers thought long and hard on how that could have happened.

The Whingers are indebted to Woody’s World of Penis Euphemisms for help with this piece.

14 Responses to “Review – Naked Boys Singing!, King’s Head Theatre”

  1. Absolutely laugh out loud funny review, this was more entertaining than the show I suppose?

  2. Chris Says:

    Definitely a review to make one stand to attention – unlike the show by the sound of it. Is this part of the Oh Calcutta heritage? If I remember rightly that wasn’t funny either although it had some girls in it too.

  3. Mark Shenton Says:

    Funny, I didn’t mind it nearly as much this time around at the King’s Head (see my review here: ) as I did when I saw it at Madame JoJos in 2001 ( ) But re-reading both of my reviews, I can see which is more fun to read!!! Mark

  4. Ian Shuttleworth Says:

    How can any of the rest of us dare make any knob gags now for aeons to come?

  5. JohnnyFox Says:

    A royally funny review.

    Knoblesse oblige.

  6. Mark I Says:

    What Simone said!

    What Shutters said!

    What Johnny said!!

    Are you running a competition for counting the knob euphemisms in this review? 26 is my vote.

    If I were responsible for this show I would definitely put your “It’s a A Chorus Line with knobs on” quote in big letters above the show on the poster.

    Mark xx

  7. Phil (a west end whinger) Says:

    Well done Mark – but 26 is a very conservative estimate. As Brucie would say “Higher! Higher!”

    May need to use all your digits to aid counting.

    Woody’s World of Penis Euphemisms may give you a hand with this job.

  8. Toby Says:

    I came on here looking for a serious review of the show… what a waste of time this site is… You joyless, dull to read idiot… Why does everyone keep saying you’re funny. I’m a performer and I think it’s time people understood just how hard the job is without eye rolling, watch checking nazis like you. Why do you even go to see shows? Someone else could have had your seat, you cretin.

  9. J.A. Says:

    You mean joyless, dull to read, idiots Toby. There’s two of them!

  10. “Someone else could have had your seat, you cretin.”

    That would have been unnecessary – they were comping during the entire run at the Kings Head and look to be doing the same at the Arts.

  11. betsy Says:

    ah, if only all the nazis ever did was to check their watches…

    still, maybe you’re right, toby, and we’ll see phil and andrew wheeling their aga to the next production of fiddler….

  12. Kit Says:

    “How hard the job is” – stop it with the knob jokes!

  13. Miriam Says:

    You hated Altar Boyz? Boo hiss! I think it’s totally fantastic – though I last saw it in 2007 so it could be a rubbish cast now, since they seem to revolve six-monthly. I saw it five times, I loved it so much! I thought it was hilarious, clever, tight and full of great songs. Just shows how much personal opinions can differ!

    And it’s coming to the UK? Really? Where did you hear that?

  14. davonthego Says:

    Gosh I got up to 56 references,

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