3-8 October 2016
Reviewed by Tara Davies
I have had the pleasure of visiting the New Theatre in Cardiff on numerous occasions and it remains one of my favourite venues, not just due to its convenient location but also because of its friendly and efficient staff and general ambience.
I’m always filled with excitement prior to a visit to the theatre, however, was particularly keen to see The Little Shop of Horrors on the stage, as it’s one of my all-time favourite, cult movies! The stage show portrayed the movie exceptionally well, including the subtle undertones of dark humour which the movie is well known for.
The plot… an ‘alien’ plant (Audrey 2), who is innocently ‘adopted’ by hapless Seymour (Sam Lupton), in a bid to salvage the fruitless business of his cold hearted boss Mushnik (Paul Kissuan) and woe Audrey (Stephanie Clift), his fellow work college, whom he holds a (a not so secret) flame for. Lupton, Clift and Kissuan adopted their roles with tremendous ease and both Lupton and Clift’s vocals were gratifying.
However, Audrey is embroiled in an unhealthy relationship with sadistic Dentist, Orin (who soon succumbs to a sticky end), played by Rhydian (former X Factor finalist). Rhydian’s performance did not disappoint; not only does he have impressive vocals but he also demonstrates a flair for acting. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that ‘Audrey 2’, is no ordinary plant and is actually a beast of pray, with an unquenchable appetite for human flesh who preys on Seymour’s squalid existence to get it, exactly what it wants. It must be said that the vocals for ‘Audrey 2’ played by Neil Nicholas were also exceptional.
Nonetheless, it was the ‘Skid Row’ narrators (Latoya, Fisher and Clare), who guided us through the storyline using the art of song, who stole the show for me, with their spectacular harmonies, a real treat to listen to.
The set was simplistic, yet effective and did the show justice.
Overall, a big performance by a small cast, definitely worth a visit!
Tickets cost from £10 to £37 (booking fees may apply).
Little Shop of Horrors is at the New Theatre in Cardiff until 8 October 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 029 2087 8889.
New Theatre, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3LN | 029 2087 8889