The Three Englishmen’s lively musical opening “You’ve done it”, shows this undoubtedly talented sketch group at their best – catchy lyrics, clever, funny observations and excellent delivery. Unfortunately though, this only comes through in patches in this show. While there are some great sketches, especially a reworking of ‘Going To The Chapel’ and a brilliantly entertaining portrayal of a local wine shop, others seem laboured, leaving you feeling that the group hasn’t quite got into gear. This may be because the balance has shifted slightly away from musical comedy compared with previous Edinburgh shows: the troupe’s witty re-workings of popular songs remain among their stand out moments. They’ve proved already they can do it – but this year, they haven’t quite.
Pleasance Dome, 1–27 Aug (not 11), 5.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Sarah Richardson]