Roger Allam as Denis in Privates on Parade

Privates on Parade: Reviews

Find out what the critics had to say about Roger Allam’s award winning performance as Captain Terri Dennis in Privates on Parade at the Donmar Warehouse…

That heart is called Roger Allam. Allam’s always been a first-rate actor, but up to now he’s been a fairly butch sort of bloke. Here, he swoops to stardom on the wings of orchidaceous camp.

– The Observer, 16 December 2001

The great Roger Allam is in wonderful form as Captain Terri, corpulent, coquettish, and with a face like a corrupt cherub. He delivers his drop-dead queeny one-liners with wicked relish, squeezes himself into a succession of preposterous frocks with endearing aplomb, and offers one of the best Noel Coward impersonations I’ve ever heard.

– The Telegraph, 12 December 2001

Look out for the great Roger Allam as Acting Captain Terri Dennis, a soldier in skirts who offers outrageous queeny one-liners and the best Noel Coward impersonation I have ever seen. Comic heaven.

The Telegraph, 15 December 2001

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Allam’s Terri, in “full slap”, is immensely likeable, a leader who knows how to support his troupe.

– Curtain Up, 12 December 2001

Allam is very funny indeed as the eye-shadowed Terri who at one point cries: “Oh that Bernadette Shaw! What a chatterbox.”

– The Guardian, 11 December 2001

it is Roger Allam’s larger-than-life yet absolutely truthful performance of Acting Captain Terri Dennis, the grande dame of the entertainment corps, that brings it to soaring life. Allam (…) is one of our finest actors. He proves it yet again by anchoring the production in a compassionate yet unsentimental portrait of a man with greasepaint in his blood, lead in his gay pencil and the most tender of hearts.

– Whats On Stage, 11 December 2001

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