Alan and I went to see Rik Mayall's The New Statesman stage show a couple of years back, and thought it was a great updating of the series for the Blair era. So, naturally, when Rik Mayall turned up with what purported to be a new NS stage show at the Richmond Theatre (our local, at least until the Egham/Staines area gets a proper rep theatre), we booked tickets and settled in.
Only to find that it was the same stage show. Sort of.
To be fair, the jokes had all been completely updated, but the plot was the same, aside from a new subplot about Alan B'Stard wanting to join the Trillionaires Club. Oh well, we agreed afterwards, buyer beware, and at least there were enough new jokes to make it worth the trip.
But then I reread the advert in the Richmond Theatre's guide to upcoming shows:
"Brand New Installment Direct From West End Success..."
"Don't miss Rik Mayall's hilarious comedy creation in this brand new installment..."
And the one bit that actually describes the plot, focuses exclusively on the Trillionaires Club subplot.
I suppose one could make some kind of comment about it being a metatextual joke on the audience in a B'Stardesque vein, but if so, it wasn't funny enough to justify the ticket price.