Director Matthew White and choreographer Stephen Mear inject the thin plot-line of bittersweet 1960s musical comedy Sweet Charity with a sultry touch of sexy insouciance in a classy revival.

Ex-EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite exudes an indefatigable optimism and infectious vitality as not quite tart with a heart Charity, and Josefina Gabrielle and Tiffany Graves slink cynically as her fellow dance hall hostesses, sullenly sussing out the next Big Spender.

Best of all, Mark Umbers proves a charismatic chameleon as all the men who mess up Charity’s life, including a flamboyantly narcissistic Italian film star and a nerdy tax accountant who drops his trousers when panic strikes in an immobilised lift.


» Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark St, SE1 1RU,  (020 7907 7060). Until Mar 7. From £29.50