La Cage Aux Folles at the Alhambra Theatre Bradford Review

18-22 July 2017

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Reviewed by Claire Giles

Vibrant, powerful, amusing are a few ways to describe this show. It was simply astounding from beginning to end.

We watched the show at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. I have been here many times before and it is my favourite theatre. The theatre itself is visually stunning both inside and out (especially at night when it is all lit up outside) with plenty of payable car parking nearby. The staff are always friendly and helpful. It is easily located in Bradford City Centre

Set in and around La Cage Aux Folles, a nightclub in France owned by Georges. Drag artiste Albin / Za Za is the star of the club and Georges long term partner of 20 years. The opening number of ‘We are what we are’ is not only an amazing opening number but also sets the tone and message for the overall show.  Georges son, Jean-Michele, who has been raised by the couple returns home to announce his engagement to the daughter of a conservative right-wing politician that is coming to meet Jean’s parents who they think are a heterosexual ‘normal’ couple. This is where the drama and humour begins.

John Partridge as Albin simply steals the show. His over the top performance suits the part of Albin perfectly. He has a sensational vocal range. His on-stage chemistry with Adrian Zmed as Georges makes their performance together believable as a loyal loving couple. John’s comedic timing and one-liners had the audience laughing out loud. John’s performance of ‘I am what I am’ at the end of act one was a highlight of the show.

Marti Webb’s performance as Jacqueline though small was remarkable and her voice is outstanding. Jacob the butler/maid was also hilarious.

The dance routines and outlandish costumes fitted in perfectly with the show’s theme. There were sequins, feathers, pearls and glitter galore!

My husband who accompanied me rather reluctantly ended up absolutely loving the show. It has universal appeal and I would highly recommend it to anyone for a fun night out. The standing ovation the cast received at the end of the show was thoroughly deserved.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £17.50 to£45.50 (booking fees may apply).

La Cage Aux Folles is at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford from 18-22 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.bradford-theatres.co.uk or call the box office on 01274 432000.

Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, BD7 1AJ | 01274 432000

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