Little Shop of Horrors is a horror comedy rock musical with music by Alan Menken and lyrics and a book by Howard Ashman. The story follows a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film The Little Shop of Horrors.
Walking in to the Brit Theatre’s production of Little Shop Of Horrors, I was blown away. The work of the amazing creative and technical team completely transformed the Grange Theatre and made me feel like I was actually walking ‘down on skid row’. The set for Mushnik’s shop was cleverly designed and created a wonderful opportunity for unique direction, and varied settings in the limited space.
Ethan Seal as Seymour Krelborn
The cast was made up of many extremely talented individuals; the spectacular voices of Seymour and Audrey, played by Ethan Seal and Eve Tremayne-Ryan gave me shivers and they displayed an authentic and pure chemistry that left the audience hoping desperately for a happy ending for the two main characters. Stephen Costello as the dentist and Steve Norman as Mushnik brought life and humour to the otherwise dark storyline with engaging and exaggerated performances. Dale Martin as the voice of Audrey 2 and Peter Taylor as the Plant Puppeteer worked together to create an unbelievably realistic evil, moving and talking plant. The Ronettes played by Sophie Hough, Maddison Lees, and Sophie Jones worked alongside the ensemble to deliver fabulous musical numbers and tell the story whilst also staying sassy and in character the entire time.
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Overall, As a fan of the show, and having seen other incredible productions, I entered the Grange Theatre with a very high expectations; and the Brit Theatre have risen to the challenge and done brilliantly with this excellent show.