LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS till September 18.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: based on the film by Roger Croman
Birmingham Rep
Runs: 2h 10m, one interval, till 18 September
Review: Rod Dungate, 8 September 2010

Non stop pleasure

Last time I saw LITTLE SHOP it was a very poor affair – well that’s all changed! This Birmingham Rep production is terrific. Director, Peter Rowe, and his company recognise full well that the show is as much a celebration of the music as it is a funny pastiche of horror stories. What makes this production so successful is the verve, vigour and vibrancy with which the company goes for it.

You know you’re in for a treat from the very first second when the trio of troublesome girls bursts onto the stage and attack the first number – their voices powerful their dancing energetic and so, so stylish. Fabulous.

And from that opening Big Bang the show never dips. James Haggie is the sweetest Seymour you could want and Shirley Darroch creates a charmingly vulnerable Audrey and reveals a lovely, rich singing voice. Both performers strike the balance between caricature and reality, squeezing out, for our delight, all the humour.

Cavin Cornwall (Voice of Audrey II) has a voice to die for and shows, at the end, that he can dance too. Audrey II looks marvellously real in Mark Walters’ evocative set.

Wit is liberally sprinkled everywhere; an evening of hi-energy joy.

Cavin Cornwall: Voice of Audrey II
Shirley Darrock: Audrey
Joe Fredericks: Customer, Patrick Martin
James Haggie: Seymour
Brian Herring: Audrey II Puppeteer
Raquel Jones: Chiffon
Sean Kingsley: Orin
Tania Mathurin: Crystal
Harry Myers: Mr Mushnik
Emi Wokoma: Ronnette

Sirector: Peter Rowe
Desinger: Mark Walters
Musical Director: Ben Goddard
Choreographer: Francesca Jaynes
Lighting Designer: James Farncombe
Sound Designer: Sebastian Frost
Assistant Musical Director: John Banister
Voice and Dialect Coach: Jan Haydn Rowles
Casting Director: Debbie O’Brien
Assistant Choreographer: Scarlette Douglas

2010-09-09 13:35:42

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