31 May to 4 June 2016
Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night I went to watch the Guys and Dolls musical at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth. As with all the performances at the theatre there was a warm welcome with plenty of staff on hand to show people the right direction.
With two car parks next to the theatre parking is never and problem and there are plenty of places to eat locally or you can book into the theatres restaurant. The theatre also has bars where you can pre order drinks for the interval.
Guys and Dolls wasn’t a show I was familiar with so I was unsure what to expect, but not knowing the storyline didn’t matter as it was perfectly performed, filled with toe tapping songs which made you feel you were in the 1950’s. The scene changes on stage are quick but done perfectly and the billboard signs were very effective.
It’s a tale of gangsters, gambling and nightclub singers, a love story between two couples. The prim and proper missionary Sarah Brown (Bethany Linsdell) who is led astray and ends up falling in love with Sky Masterton, (Richard Fleeshman) a committed gambler, who is initially trying to woo her following a bet with Nathan. This runs alongside the story of Nathan (Maxwell Caulfield) and his 14-year engagement to Miss Adelaide (Ruthie Stephens). All four very different roles which are played superbly well with strong voices.
Another enjoyable couple are the double act of Nicely-Nicely and Benny (played by Jack Edwards and Aron Wild). They had a great working partnership.
This was a fantastic performance and this morning I’m still singing ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat’ I would highly recommend this performance.
Tickets cost from £23 to £43 (booking fees may apply).
Guys and Dolls is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 4 June 2016. For more information or book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222