BMTC-Little Shop-review

Congratulations to debut director Oly Wright and the cast and crew of Burton Musical Theatre Company for their production of the cult-classic Little Shop of Horrors.

This is the first time in the company’s 66-year-history that they have performed LSOH and it is great.

Little Shop of Horrors is a sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a florists who happens upon a strange plant, which he names Audrey II – after his female co-worker. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood.

As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood. Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and its true drive for world-domination.

The superb cast, led by Kyle Lamley as Seymour and Lindsey Biddle as Audrey, romped their way through the show with great performances from Andy Last as the flower shop owner Mushnik and Steve Foster as the reprehensible dentist Orin.

The girl group of Alex Davison as Crystal, Karen Hambleton as Chiffon and Samantha Walker as Ronnette set the scene and added depth and va-va-voom to many of the numbers.

Tom Berriman who handled the manipulation of the giant Audrey II did really well.

I was delighted to see and hear Jonathan Salt back on stage with BMTC. He was the voice of Audrey II and boy did he give it a voice. Rich, smooth and soulful. At first I was distracted by him being to the side of the stage but the action in the second half kept my eyes on the stage.

There were fewer musicians than usual under the direction of David Blackwell, but the sound didn’t suffer for that.

The lighting effects were superb and the set design made scene changes effortless without slowing the action.

The show is on at the de Ferrers Academy’s Harehedge Lane campus until Saturday, commencing each evening at 7.30pm plus a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from the Burton Musical Theatre Company online at tickets@burtonmusicaltheatre.co.uk

Bill Pritchard.

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