Reviewed by Kathryn Harrison
Last night (30 August 2017) my husband and I headed to The Lowry Theatre at Salford Quays, Manchester to watch The Addams Family, The Musical Comedy. This show features all the regular Addams family members we are familiar with such as Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Grandma and of course the ever looming presence of Lurch the butler.
Les Dennis is unrecognizable as Uncle Fester who takes on the narrator role of the story and informs us that little Wednesday Addams has now grown up and fallen in love with a preppy young man called Lucas from a very conventional family. Wednesday and Lucas plan to get married but need to get through an introductory dinner for their parents to meet before they announce their intentions.
The meeting of two completely different families was never going to run smoothly and much drama and hilarity ensues. Dickon Gough as Lurch provided many of the laughs mostly without saying a word! His physical comedy skills had us giggling every time he appeared on stage.
Samantha Womack perfectly portrayed the enigmatic disposition of Morticia Addams whilst Cameron Blakely provided many laughs as the charismatic Gomez as a couple they stole the show as the heads of this kooky family. Their love story was, as we expect from these characters, full of passion and lust. This culminated in their final dance, the Tango De Amor. It was a fascinating, fiery dance to watch, totally captivating.
The whole cast and ensemble played their parts wonderfully, many times when more than one actor was on stage it was hard to know who to watch as everyone was superb and often added texture to the character and story with a glance or an imperceptible movement.
In addition to the brilliant acting, dancing and humour the story was told through some wonderful songs that have been stuck in my head since we left the show! Songs such as One Normal Night, Crazier Than You and Not Today kept the plot moving along whilst adding more comedy and tension to the proceedings.
I really enjoyed this show it was an upbeat production which had me laughing out loud, clicking my fingers and tapping my toes!
Tickets cost from £20.50 to £44.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Addams Family is at The Lowry in Manchester from 29 August until 9 September 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000