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REVIEW: The Little Shop of Horrors - Starring Rhydian
At The Everyman Cheltenham 17th - 22nd October 2016
My absolute favourite way in the world to spend an evening has about three ingredients- a place that I love, people I love and, of course, being inside a wonderful theatre with a spectacular play to see. Therefore, I was incredibly excited when we booked tickets in the stalls to see the opening night of 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre. Although many songs were familiar to me, I had never had the joy of watching the brilliant musical before and what a better way to be introduced to the masterpiece than with a committed, dedicated and talented cast and crew in an exciting new production!
The audience is welcomed into the world of Seymour Krelborn, an assistant at a flower shop whose life is about to take a dark and exciting turn as finds a strange and exotic plant. With a versatile and captivating stage, it is a joy to watch the excellent actors who are so clearly excited about their craft tell the nailbiting and classic story. Even though there are moments of horror and suspense, overall the audience are left marvelling at the sense of fun the production maintains throughout. Certainly, my companions and I found we had thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
I was overjoyed to see such a hardworking and talented cast all pushing the play in the direction of success and left the theatre feeling very inspired by their commitment to their roles. Sam Lupton's Seymour particularly shone. I found as an audience member I really believed his role, especially as he portrayed his descent into chaos. Stephanie Clift's Audrey really got the audience on side, used comic timing exceptionally and delivered a simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking performance of 'Somewhere That's Green'. However, Rhydian's The Dentist's characterful songs were my personal highlight of the show. I was entranced by how he gave such a larger than life performances whilst still acting subtly with interesting and captivating nuances- genius. His acting was both thrilling and chilling- he really brought the role to life and perfectly demonstrated the mixture of comedic and darker themes that makes up the play.
Overall, 'Little Shop of Horrors' was a marvellous production that had the audience laughing, gasping and cheering. From the master puppetry of Josh Wilmott in the horrific plant to the intricate set design, from the dedicated actors to the fabulous band half-hiding just behind the stage, the play hit all of the right notes. I'm sure they will have a wonderful tour all around the country and I hope to see the production again!
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