Being a teacher and it being parents evening week, I struggled to fit in this trip to Newmarket Kings Theatre to watch Little Shop of Horrors and almost declined the invitation due to “work load”. I am so glad I didn’t because it turned out to be the best piece of theatre I have seen this year.
Little Shop of Horrors is a show everybody loves all the more for it’s bizarre eccentricity and gruesome goings on and this performance, directed by Andy McGowan, was spectacular. The choreography and four part harmonies during the chorus parts ignited the show from the very start, something not that easy to achieve given the relatively small cast.
Alex Matthews’s completely believable performance as Seymour was engaging throughout and his vocals were confident and note perfect. Sophie Owen, who played Audrey, has a natural voice and sang beautifully with conviction and the two voices together worked really well during the duets.
Alfie Dry put on a stellar performance as the sadistic dentist Orin and his death scene had the audience in stitches. The quality of the acting throughout was very impressive.
The plant, played by Joseph Beach, was genius and his strong vocals animated the plant scenes extremely well.
All in all it was a fabulous show which I really enjoyed watching. Everything from the set, costumes and tech worked a treat and the whole cast and crew should congratulate themselves on creating another spectacular show.