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PUBLISHED: 10:32 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 11 August 2010

WHEN it comes to being amorous, the notorious seducer, Casanova, had no equal, as the legendary lover s memoirs reveal. And it is these memoirs which have inspired the new musical, Casanova, now playing at the Greenwich Playhouse. This world premiere pro

WHEN it comes to being amorous, the notorious seducer, Casanova, had no equal, as the legendary lover's memoirs reveal.

And it is these memoirs which have inspired the new musical, Casanova, now playing at the Greenwich Playhouse.

This world premiere proves a delight from start to finish, as 11 actors and three musicians romp through Europe of the 1700s, bringing more than 30 characters to the tiny stage.

The opening scene of a dejected Casanova bewailing his plight is soon obliterated by the remembrance of his first love of many years ago, who, after much head-scratching, he remembers as Angela.

She is quickly followed by a whole queue of female conquests as the daring seducer's exploits are brought hilariously to life in a series of scenes highlighting the romances and scandals which invariably ensued.

Casanova - superbly played by Anthony Flaum - bedded more than 100 women from all walks of life - from nuns to noblewomen.

Anthony's opening 'How Long...?' is the first of many memorable songs from musical director, Philip Godfrey, and one which reveals to the full the talent which landed Anthony in the quarter finals of BBC2's 'Voice of Musical Theatre 2006.'

The rake used his charm to rub shoulders with the aristocracy, and travelled across Europe leaving a trail of heartbroken women behind him.

A former soldier, concert fiddler, and even an amateur doctor, he pretended to be a magician and alchemist to cheat his unsuspecting victims out of their fortunes before moving on.

This musical reunites Trilby Productions' creative team behind last summer's successful Coloured Lights: A Musical Celebration of Kander & Ebb, also at the Playhouse; and Jack the Ripper the Musical by Ron Pember and Denis de Marne at Jermyn Street Theatre.

The action moves at a fast and funny pace, with heels and skirts flying in all directions as the hero has his wicked way in a fine musical which would grace any West End stage.

A superb evening's entertainment, the highlight of which, for me came at the end of Act One, when the quartet of Casanova, along with De Bernis (William Ludwig), Mother Maria (Libby Christensen), and Caterina (Michelle Whitney), gave voice to 'Mixed Doubles' before enjoying a foursome romp beneath the sheets.

Casanova runs at Greenwich Playhouse until Sunday, June 8.

Tickets: £12 (£10 cons), on 0208 858 9256 or visit:

boxoffice'galleontheatre.co.uk

The theatre is at Greenwich Station forecourt and can be reached by the DLR


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