Reviewed by Emily Crombie
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was the first musical I saw in the 1990’s which started a lifelong love of musical theatre, so I was excited to take my children along to experience Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow last night.
The fast-moving, energetic and colourful show is a great introduction to theatre for children and the narrator fills in the gaps so they understand exactly what is happening in the story. My girls age 7 and 10 years old were an ideal age and captivated throughout.
Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and directed by Bill Kenwright, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is based on the Book of Genesis and follows the Bible story fairly closely, with only a little artistic licence!
Joseph is one of Jacob’s twelve sons, but he is disliked by his brother’s as his father clearly makes him his favourite and has a coat of many colours made for him. His brothers take the opportunity to stage his death and sell him as a slave to Egypt. After working his way up as a servant in Potiphar’s household he then is banished to prison after being tricked by Potiphar’s wife. His fellow inmates, a butler and baker have strange dreams which Joseph deciphers correctly as one is pardoned and the other executed. Years later the butler remembers about Joseph and his talent when the Pharaoh has a number of strange dreams. Joseph was taken to the Pharaoh to explain his dreams where he realises that Egypt will experience 7 years of feast then 7 years of famine. Joseph is appointed to oversee the storage of food to get the country through the famine. When hard times hit, Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to ask for food, although he recognises them, the brothers do not recognise Joseph. To ensure they have changed their ways Joseph tests them before revealing himself and being reunited with his father.
Joseph is played by Jaymi Hensley of Union J and a previous X Factor finalist who showed his vocal talent in the many emotive musical numbers such as Close Every Door, Any Dream Will Do and Pharaoh’s Dream Explained. Alexandra Doar took on the role of the Narrator in her professional debut.
The show incorporates many different styles of music with the French feel of Those Canaan Days, an Elvis styled Pharaoh with the rock and roll Song of the King and Benjamin Calypso.
We sat in the Grand Circle in row E where visibility was excellent. The King’s Theatre is traditional theatre set in Bath Street in Glasgow’s city centre. The staff are very welcoming and friendly.
Joseph runs at the King’s Theatre all week with shows on Wednesday at 7.30pm, Thursday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Friday at 5pm and 8pm and on Saturday at 2pm, 5pm and 8pm. Friday at 8pm is a signed performance and Saturday at 2pm is an audio described performance
Tickets cost from £13 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow from 3-7 September 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/kings or call the box office on 0844 871 7648.
King’s Theatre, 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN | 0844 871 7648