Wednesday, 14 September 2016

REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking

Sell A Door Theatre Company Ltd and Damien Tracey Productions in Association with Immersion Theatre, Libby Brodie Productions, and Ian Melding for Announcement Productions present LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. 

Directed by Tara Louis Wilkinson, Little Shop of Horrors makes a triumphant return to the UK touring circuit. 

“Little Shop of Horrors is a charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical. Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.”

“Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams?”

The cast of this show are really excellent. Sam Lupton, recent graduate of Shiz University at Wicked is exemplary as Seymour; not only were his vocals absolutely fantastic, but his version of Seymour is the perfect blend of the nerdy-kid-who’ll-never-win-the-girl and the determined hero who can conquer anything. As the ditzy and lovable Audrey, Stephanie Clift is endearing and charming. Her performance was
wonderful, and she shone spectacularly in Audrey’s song “Somewhere That’s Green” – the audience were like putty in her hand. 

From the ensemble, as the famous trio Crystal, Chiffon and Ronette; Sasha Latoya, Vanessa Fisher and Cassie Clare are all equally superb. They are a fantastic and necessary asset to this show, adding real star quality with their powerful belts and note-perfect harmonies. X Factor favourite Rhydian, from the 2007 series plays the iconic role of Orin (a.k.a. The Dentist) famously portrayed by Steve Martin in the film. His effort is valiant, and as we all remember from the show, his voice is absolutely wonderful. 

This show has all the necessary parts and pieces to be a fantastic show, but it just doesn’t take off like it should, and never did enough to completely suspend my beliefs of what is possible in the world of horticulture and what isn’t! 

A good show; fun and entertaining, but lacking in places. 

Review by Harriet Langdown 

Rating: ★★★

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