28-31 October 2015
Reviewed by Pamela Wright
Tonight I have been to York Grand Opera House to see The Addams Family “a spookalicious new musical” with my husband and my 2 eldest daughters aged 10 & 8.
We love going to this venue as there is carpark which is very reasonably priced just around the corner, unfortunately on this occasion the carpark was full, thankfully we managed to find some pay & display parking just a short 10 minute walk away. We arrived at the Grand Opera House with 5 minutes to spare and were given our tickets. We made our way to our seats which were located in the Stalls and got ourselves comfy. We noticed the whole theatre was covered in spooky cobwebs and danger signs which fitted in perfectly with the Halloween season and the Addams family show we were about to watch.
The show started on time and opened with the well-known “finger clicking Addams family tune”. The curtain was then raised to a dark and mysterious scheme with all of the Addams family (Morticia/Gomez and their children Wednesday and Pudsley, their grandma, Gomez’s brother Fester and their butler Lurch) gathering around the family tree in the graveyard.
The storyline is based on Wednesday Addams who reveals that she has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke and they plan on marrying. Wednesday reveals her secret to her dad and asks her not to let anyone know (not even his wife that he loves to pieces and shares everything with) about this and they plan a nice family meal to bring the 2 families together. Gomez asks for the help of his dead ancestors to help him keep his secret and help his path run smoothly
The Beineke’s are a stereotypical American family from Ohio, with the dad being an office based work motivated type and the mum being the perfectly (if not slightly mad but comical) poised wife played by Katie Melia and the Addams family are… well… typically “Addams”.
Lucas and his parents first “Addams” encounter is when they arrive at dark and mysterious mansion and are greeted by the butler Lurch who is played by Adam Laird, this marks the first of the strangely spooky encounters that the family are about to experience. I personally loved the character Lurch throughout the whole show, he had the best straight-laced face I have seen throughout and kept the same slow snail pace until the end.
The show follows the storyline of 2 polar opposite families coming together and trying to get on despite their obvious differences. There are lots of typical “Addams” comedy moments thrown in through dance and song but there are parts that you can forget you’re watching The Addams Family as they manage to capture those precious family moments that every family experiences, my favourite was the Happy/Sad song in Act 2 that took place on the swing between Gomez and Wednesday.
This was a brilliant production, I have to admit I was slightly worried about how they could make it into a musical and thought when it first started that it might be a bit too old for my daughters, but they seemed to enjoy it even though they didn’t know the words to any of the songs. The show had just the right balance of obvious comedy for younger ones to appreciate with the deeper adult comedy.
The production is advertised as a “perfect family treat for all the family”, although it was really good I’d say my 8 year old was probably just about the right age to understand and enjoy it.
Tickets cost from £12.90 to £27.90 (plus £4 transaction fee).
The Addams Family is at the Grand Opera House in York until 31 October 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713024.
Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW | 0844 8713024