5-10 May 2014
Reviewed by Katie-Louise Lander
As I approached the front doors of the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent with my mother-in-law Linda at my side, I was open-minded as to what I was about to watch, even though the excitement on Linda’s face was plain to see. As I walked through the doors I was greeted politely and handed our tickets.
When the announcement came over that the show was about to begin we made our way down and took our seats, as we waited for the curtains to lift I took a quick sneak peek through the brochure reading the bits of biographies that were written about each of the cast members, so I knew who was acting out which character. Looking around there were plenty of empty seats which made me slightly apprehensive but as the lights dimmed and the stage began to light up I began to relax, the backdrops and ever changing props were amazing and so effective, they were positioned perfectly throughout each set, just how you would imagine it would be whether it’s a tavern or a cottage, they even looked real and the bang of an axe or a drop of some wood sounded real.
As the show began the first of the main characters to be introduced was the dashing and sweet-talking Adam Pontipee who was played by the 2011 winner of Dancing On Ice Sam Attwater. Adam arrives in the village to find himself the right ‘gal’ to be his wife and this is when were introduced to the rest of the cast, dancing, singing and wooing over Adam. As Sam sang I found myself listening carefully in certain parts as it seemed his volume would dip throughout the song but he had an amazing voice which was goose bump worthy. We are then introduced to the lovely, pretty and confident Milly who is played by the runner up of BBC1’s How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? Helena Blackman, who catches Adam’s eye whilst chopping wood, he automatically wants to introduce himself as he sees her as a ‘strong working gal’ then there was a non-romantic proposal and a fast wedding.
When the backdrop changes and a little wooden cottage appears it seems surreal and something from out of your dreams, but it soon changes in to a bittersweet moment as we are introduced to the six brothers Benjamin played by Ross Meagrow, Caleb played by Joe Murphy, Daniel played by Jack Evans, Ephraim played by Pip Hersee, Frank played by Sam Stones and last but far from least Gideon played by Jack Greaves. We are soon introduced to the six pretty ‘gals’ which the brothers take a shine to and want them to be their brides, Liza played by Zoe Nicole Adkin, Martha played by Lindsay McAllister, Ruth played by Marianne Phillips, Sarah played by Elisha Sherman, Dorcas played by Carrie Willis and last but definitely not least Alice played by Georgina Parkinson. All the girls fell in love with the brothers, even after they kidnapped them but over time they forgave and fell head over heels and soon became their brides.
The next few sets were a bit of blur as it seemed so hectic there was always something happening on the stage and I found myself juggling which direction to look in and fearing I would miss something important happening elsewhere on the stage, the volume seemed to increase and at times was too loud I found myself wincing, which was such a shame as the dancing and singing of each of the cast members was absolutely amazing and the comical parts were spot on and attracting laughs from each and everyone in the crowd.
For me the beginning was better than the end, the whole show would be amazing if it was toned down slightly, It was a great performance but I was slightly disappointed because it was so busy I felt like it went far too quick it made three hours seem like one hour. I would recommend it if you are able to keep up with such fast moving scenes.
Tickets cost from £12.90 to £38.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on0 844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649