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Previews from 1st July, opens 15th July 2021. Ends 5th September 2021.
Eleven fratricidal brothers make no profit attempting to recycle the snappily dressed dreamer in their midst. Lloyd Webber and Rice do, though.
A revival of the 2019 hit new version of the show.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: (seen at the afternoon performance on 13th July 2019). Some actors have now left the cast.
Fresh, funny and fabulous, this is a 21st Century re-interpretation with emphasis firmly on its origins as a delight for the brightest children - including Andrew and Timothy.
Director Laurence Connor takes the whole show from the kids' point of view. Narrator (and more - but always still her, as she reminds us) Sheridan Smith teams up with a gang of youngsters, with whom she shares the story in every way. Smith's energy and side-comments are a one-woman firework display, and it is an utter delight to see her sparkle return. This is reflected by every child in the ensemble, particularly noting those who play... well... that would give away the brilliant and often hilarious surprises set up...
Newcomer Jac Yarrow gets the title role and accompanying coat, and wears it with honour. "Any Dream Will Do" becomes 'proper meaningful' (as his stage dad might say), each word thought about and indeed given contrasting meaning at the beginning and end of his journey.
Cover Richard Carson as Pharaoh (Jason Donovan taking the day off to fulfil a pre-contractual agreement, apparently) will probably headline one day in a show about Elvis. This King is hip, adored by his subjects, and knows how to rock Egypt as well as find the right man to feed it.
John Cameron gives us fresh orchestrations, Joann M. Hunter dance moves old and new to go with them - and Stuart Burt puts together a cracking team of brothers and wives (oh, those Can'aan Ladies - great wigs Mr Mawbey) to perform them. Note too for Ben Cracknell's intelligently varied lighting and also Morgan Large's clever sets and costumes. From the big stuff of Vegas and jail, to the hysterical camels and the witty little notes (minus one sign, and later the burger recipe and Phantom mask hieroglyphics), that's award-winning right there.
If there are any criticisms, the only one is that a few of the dance breaks do go on a little longer than perhaps required. Fun, but the story did need to get on - particularly the elongated "Can Can" being a good joke if it were quicker. It's a minor quibble, though.
This is a glorious kaleidoscope of talents serving up a beloved show in a mega-mixed delight to audiences old and new, old and young and all manner between.
5 stars, standing ovation. May the monkey return...
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.
Wednesday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 1pm and 5pm
Extra 7.30pm performances on 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th July 2021.
Extra 2.30pm performance on 30th August 2020.
No performances on 4th and 11th July 2020.
Runs 2 hours approximately, including an interval.
Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.
All performances from 15th July 2021 onwards:
Wednesday to Friday Evenings until 30th July 2021 and from 1st September 2021 onwards
Preview performances from 1st until 14th July 2021 only:
Monday to Thursday Evenings