26-30 August 2014
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
Annie Get Your Gun is a feast for the senses, an uplifting tale that will warm your heart. It tells the tale of Annie Oakley, a dirt covered boy dressing girl who has the best shot in town, and Frank Butler the champion of the world of shooting who challenges Annie to a shoot off, well he challenges the towns best shooter before realising it is a girl!
We are then taken on a wonderful journey as Annie and Frank fall in love and fall out a number of times and Annie learns there is no business like show business!
The play as an array of fantastic musical numbers, my favourites were There’s No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better which is preformed beautifully by Emma Williams who plays Annie Oakley and Jason Donovan who plays Frank Butler.
The lullaby sang by Annie to her siblings is also heart-warming and really showed off Williams’ voice which is outstanding, upstaging the rest of the cast.
Jason was a delight to see, having never seeing him live I was very impressed at how he was able to give so much to his co-stars as well as giving an astounding performance.
The set was remarkable and I enjoyed the set changes which were carried out in front of us, the play also boosted a live band which I thought really added to the atmosphere.
Emma Williams was very much the stand out performance, displaying an astounding ability to perform and bring a role to life as well as a remarkably beautiful voice. She is very likeable and easy to relate to.
Logan Brewer who plays little Jake is a raw new talent, this being his first acting role is remarkable as he gave a flawless performance and brought a smile to my face and heart.
I would also like to give a shout out to Ed Currie who had some gut-bursting funny lines “If we do not merge there will be no merging” was one of the best!
All of the cast were a class act and will be hard to follow.
Annie Get Your Gun is not the type of musical I would generally go to watch but I am so glad I did, it has left a lasting impression on my heart.
My only advice would be to try to get seats as close as you can as we were in second circle and it was a struggle at times to see the full stage but this was stated on the tickets we were given.
Tickets cost from £23.90 to £46.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Annie Get Your Gun is at the Theatre Royal, Brighton until Saturday 30 August 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650