Back in 1994 I took to the stage in my first musical, my school’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors. A show I have held in my heart ever since. Tonight, after a 21 year wait, I finally got to see it on stage at Manchester’s wonderful Royal Exchange Theatre.
I’ve never been to this theatre before and it’s extremely unique. It looks like a spaceship that has landed inside of a grand hall, breathtaking! The theatre is ‘in the round’ which means people are sat all the way around the stage. This makes the production even more exciting as actors and plants are coming at you from all angles.
The show was breathtaking. The acting was flawless and hilarious. The vocals brought goosebumps, especially ‘Somewhere that’s green’ and ‘Suddenly Seymour’, I could feel the hairs on my neck standing up.
If you’ve seen the film, you will love the stage version. The killer plant, Audrey 2, has all the attitude you could want, amazingly operated by up to 3 actors, a very clever way of doing this part of the show.
The lighting must get a special mention. Fantastic use of the full theatre making some very dramatic scenes.
The whole cast were superb, I won’t single anybody out, because it was such an amazing cast performance with quality throughout. Catch this show while you can, it runs until 31st Jan, click here for the theatre link is below to book tickets. I think I may go and see it again myself. Suddenly Seymooooooooooour!!