Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night (Monday 30 October 2017) I had the pleasure of watching Grease the musical at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth and, as expected, it was fantastic. The film was part of my youth, so I had quite high expectations, but it certainly didn’t disappoint. It is certainly a fun toe tapping show and I’m sure everyone is familiar with at least one of the songs.
When we arrived, the theatre had a fantastic buzzing atmosphere, and everyone was out to have fun, with quite a few the audience dressed up as Pink Ladies. The curtain went up to show the orchestra above the stage, they played a fantastic medley of Grease favourites which got the audience ready to go with the orchestra all getting the audience to participate.
Set in the 50s and based around the students of Rydell High School, Grease is a romantic comedy and is the story of Danny and Sandy. Two teens who meet and fall in love throughout the holidays on the beach. Until they returned back to high school they didn’t realise they would ever meet again until they realised Sandy had started at Danny’s high school. But the story shows how Danny needs to keep his popular tough guy attitude, where Sandy the new girl is desperately trying to fit in with the help of the Pink Ladies, eventually they realised they are right for each other. Telling this love story was a very strong cast made up with Danny, played by Tom Parker of The Wanted, Sandy, played by Danielle Hope, winner of the BBCs Over the Rainbow, and Rizzo, played by Louisa Lytton of EastEnders, followed by a very talented strong cast who you could tell loved their roles it really is hard to pull anyone out as they were all as outstanding as each other and all cast well for their parts. The whole cast tell the story perfectly!
The set (especially the car), the costumes and vocals were all fantastic and of a very high standard although the flashing of lights were extremely bright I’m not sure if this was just from where we were sat but they did make you close your eyes on a few occasions.
The songs We Go Together and Born to Hand Jive are my upmost favourites and these were performed and danced by an extremely strong cast you could see lots of the audience clapping along and even participating in the hand jive.
Almost 50 years on I think Grease is still just as popular not only for its songs but for the story it tells coving subjects that are still relevant to teens today, such as teen pregnancy, alcohol, peer pressure and life at high school. I also think it will be just as popular for many years to come.
At times I did notice a few problems with the speakers and microphones, also in the first act there was a technical problem when the show had stop but the theatre staff were on the ball to answer any questions and I think because there was such a great atmosphere amongst everyone it didn’t cause any problems and it quickly started back up again.
Grease is showing all week at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. If you want to relive your younger days or watch Grease for the first time it definitely won’t disappoint! The theatre has nearby parking and has a cafe and bar facilities.
Tickets cost from £15 to £42 (booking fees may apply).
Grease the musical is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 30 October to 4 November 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyal.com or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222