little shop of horrors

Little Shop Of Horrors Review

Set in 1950s Skid Row, New York in an impoverished area, filled with the poor, homeless and disreputable people forgotten by society, and Mushniks flower shop is on the verge of closing down when a mysterious plant arrives with the ability to turn everyone’s fortunes around for the better. Filled with every ingredient needed to create a cult musical, Romance, Comedy, Villains, underdogs and of course a giant blood thirsty plant.

Top of the cast bill is Rhydian Roberts (x factor runner up/classical music and musical star) playing the sadistic dentist. Being such a distinctive character himself it really shows testament to his acting skills that he is completely believable in his performance and the only bit of Rhydian that appears to the audience is that powerhouse vocal everyone remembers.

Sam Lupotn (Wicked, Avenue Q) plays the lovable underdog Seymour’s low key and bashful character faultlessly then fills the theatre with his unexpected belting voice. Playing opposite him in the role of Audrey is Stephanie Clift (Mamma Mia); with her stunning looks and figure hugging outfits it would be easy to assume she landed the role based on this. First assumptions are quickly forgotten as she steals the show with her comical one liners twinned with a few emotionally fuelled note perfect ballads.

A special mention has to go to Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette who tie the show together and add an extra dose of sass, attitude and glamour, bringing an early Motown vibe to the shows uplifting 1950s rock soundtrack. The scenery and puppetry involved in bringing the ever-growing Audrey 2 to life is of West End standards, when the plant is at its largest the ability for it to lip sync every line in perfect timing became a focus point while I tried to work out exactly how it was doing so flawlessly.

With all the separate elements required to make this show work credit really has to be given on how well put together the show was from start to finish. From lighting to dialect, every last aspect of the show seems to have been meticulously considered.

Review by Adam Jackson

Little Shop of Horrors plays at The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth until August the 13th then various dates across the uk on the national tour www.littleshopuktour.com for more details.

Photo credits Matt Martin

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