Friday, 2 May 2014

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy rock musical set in the 1960s which tells the story of downtrodden Seymour who works as an assistant in Mr Mushnik's flower shop. The shop is situated on Skid Row, where the residents’ ambitions are as absent as the customers. In a last ditch attempt to drum up business Seymour displays a new exotic plant in the window and what follows is a moral journey to see just how far one man will go for fame, fortune and love.

Neil Thomas absolutely shines in the role of Seymour Krelborn. He has the likeability factor that makes you want him to succeed and are almost able to forgive him for his more questionable life choices.  Another stand out for me was Sabrina Carter's portrayal of vulnerable Audrey. Carter's cracking acting and vocals especially during 'Somewhere That's Green' really pulled at the heartstrings. Although the themes explored in Little Shop are dark, there are laughs throughout which come mostly from sadistic dentist Orin, played by Edward Reid.

The set designed by Pete Sneddon really makes the most of the space of the Websters Theatre - not too much going on but enough to keep the audiences attention. There were a couple of sound issues, but this was the opening night and it was nothing that could not be ironed out.

Little Shop is one of those cult musicals that has been around for years, and while the fashions may be dated the characters certainly aren’t. Grab your tickets for the remaining performances here:

Friday 2nd - Saturday 10th of May
Tickets £15
Cottiers Box Office - 0141-357-4000

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