Review: Lemony Snicket's Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

By John Nathan, December 7, 2012
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Roundhouse Studio, London NW1

Michael Lambourne puts in a fine performance as Latke, the title role in this adaptation of the Lemony Snicket children’s book, in which a frustrated potato pancake attempts to assert his Chanucah identity in a Christmassy world.

Olivia Jacob’s YaD Arts production — which was co-commissioned by the Jewish Community Centre for London — is a gem of a children’s show. Despite its handmade feel, there is nothing roughly hewn about it.

Slickly performed by a cast of five, Christmas paraphernalia, and even war between Antiochus and the Maccabees, are wittily portrayed with the use of knitted hats and chunky vegetables.

You know something is going right when noisy members of the audience are not shushed by adults, but by other children. (Tel: 0844 482 8008)

Last updated: 3:56pm, December 7 2012