The comedy series deals with a British cast, who aspires to succeed in their play, and they rush when their upcoming West End production suddenly stops. In these moments, the cast tries to do their best to reach success again and keep rehearsals on the right track.
Forty minutes of this would have been excruciating. Even 15 feels too long, but I don't know if that's because lockdown has ruined my attention span or if the show is a bit too thespy for its own good.
Staged has a writer's credit but you imagine there's some improvisation involved. And the feeling of creeping madness is one we can all share, even if we haven't been acclaimed for our Hamlets like these two.
It did sometimes drift into self-indulgence and on occasion the self-congratulation did not feel entirely faux. However, it was a good idea, two furloughed celebrated actors becoming increasingly angsty and hairy.