7-11 April 2015
Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last evening myself and a friend went to watch the fantastic production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
We easily parked in the open air carpark next to the theatre which is a few minutes walk away. Parking is a maximum of 3 hours (£3.80) but you only pay till 10.00pm so make sure you get your ticket after 7.00pm then you do not have to keep an eye on the time. The Theatre Royal does have its own carpark behind the theatre, this is a pay on exit car park which is good if you’re unsure how long you are going to need. My vehicle is too high for this carpark which is why we choose the other one.
The whole theatre experience at the Plymouth Theatre Royal is a pleasure from start to finish. It’s not long had a refurbishment with everything clean and well signposted. We collected our tickets from the box office and were greeted by very friendly and welcoming staff. We made our way to our seats in the Circle where we had a great view.
The show is based on the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours, in this adaptation Joseph (Lloyd Daniels) is the favourite son of Jacob (Henry Metcalfe), but his siblings resent the attention Jacob showers upon him. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, and eventually Joseph finds himself in jail. However, his favourable interpretation of the dreams of the Pharaoh (Matt Lapinskas) wins him the admiration of the all-powerful leader, and soon Joseph is one of the most powerful men in Egypt.
Following in a long line of well-known Joseph’s is former X-Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels whose strong voice was perfect for the role of Joseph.
Amelia Lily plays the Narrator and I was really surprised how well she did. After watching her on the X-Factor I wasn’t sure if this role would suit her, but it was like she had been playing it for years with a relaxed and natural performance.
The other star of the show is Matt Lapinskas, an ex-Eastender star who plays the scene-stealing role as Elvis like Pharaoh. He doesn’t appear until the second half but lives up to expectations with a fantastic performance including “King of my Heart”.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is full of unforgettable songs including Any Dream Will Do and Close Every Door. Throughout the performance the audience clapped along and danced in their seats with people at the end stood up dancing.
All the cast worked hard and well together to bring this colourful and energetic performance to Plymouth, the costumes were appropriate for the period, the scenery was very simple but worked well and didn’t need anything else, not forgetting the sheep which were very funny. There are lots of little surprises throughout the performance which kept the show alive.
Not forgetting the fantastic children’s choir who were on stage throughout the performance all very professional and looking like they were having lots of fun. The Joseph choir uses local children and in the Plymouth performance it was the local theatre group Plymkids.
I would highly recommend seeing Joseph, and it would make a great family show.
Tickets cost from £11 to £32
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 11 April 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222.