You can catch him now giving an ace performance as Sky Masterson – a professional gambler who, against his better judgement, finds himself falling for the Salvation Army sergeant he’s been challenged to take to Havana for, naturally, a bet.

American director Gordon Greenberg’s joyful revival of Frank Loesser’s classic 1950 musical (a transfer from Chichester which has taken a while to get here and arrives partially recast) is a treat – full of catchy tunes including “Luck be a Lady” and the show-stopping “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat” – and here with the added bonus of lively choreography courtesy of former Royal Opera House star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright.

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David Haig makes an irresistibly loveable rogue out of commitment-phobe Nathan Detroit whose 14 year engagement to long-suffering nightclub singer Miss Adelaide (Sophie Thompson on unrestrainedly ditzy comic form) looks set never to lead to marriage – he’s far too busy anxiously scouting secret New York locations for the illegal floating crap games he organises for his fellow gangsters. 

And Parker croons like a dream, bringing real depth to Masterson’s conflicting emotions in this witty conflation of a couple of Damon Runyon’s short stories, a joyously feel-good way to kick start the theatrical year.

Savoy, The Strand, WC2R 0ET

Tube:- Charing Cross

Until 12th March

£25.00 – £82.00 + premium seats