The Addams Family at the Festival Theatre Edinburgh Review

Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar

The Addams Family is a fantastic new musical comedy based on the TV series and films of the same name. The show centres around Wednesday Addams (Carrie Hope Fletcher) who has fallen in love with a ‘normal’ boy, Lucas Beineke (Oliver Ormson) and has invited him and his family round for dinner to the Addams’ residence to break the news of their engagement to the families. After swearing her father Gomez (Cameron Blakely) to secrecy – ‘Wednesday’s growing up – she’s almost Thursday!’ – her mother Morticia (Samantha Womack) grows suspicious while her jealous brother Pugsley (Grant McIntyre) tries his hardest to make her fall out of love using one of Grandma (Valda Avisk) potions and crazy Uncle Fester (Les Dennis) who conjures up the ancestors to help! Trouble and hilarity ensue, making for a very enjoyable performance!

The music and lyrics – by Andrew Lippa – were excellent and truly brought the musical to life with clever lyrics and a hint of satire! From fun numbers like Gomez’s ‘Two Things’ and ‘When You’re an Addams’ to moving and powerful ballads such as ‘Pulled’, the songs tell the tale perfectly – a special mention must go to Carrie Hope Fletcher and her fabulous voice!

The costumes were true to form too – black, black and more black – but the unsung heroes were the Ancestors and backing characters (even if the Moon’s long blonde wig ended up getting tangled and thrown off stage!) whose costumes were highly detailed, from the floating grey sparkling Ballerina to the Tudor-esque Woman and Spanish Matador.

The Festival Theatre is located centrally in Edinburgh’s Old Town, close to Waverly station and several local bus routes. On street parking can be found nearby and is free after 6.30pm.

Devilishly delightful and fun for all ages I’d highly recommend an evening out with the Addams family.

Rating: 5/5

Tickets cost from £23 to £44 (booking fees may apply).

The Addams Family is at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh from 20-29 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.edtheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.

Festival Theatre, 13/29 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9FT | 0131 529 6000

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