I had my eye on this for months but due to my impending due-date I was cautious not to buy tickets, just in case. Thankfully the little bub decided not to arrive early and on the Saturday we bought tickets for the matinée the following Sunday, in Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre. The tickets are reasonably priced and we got decent seats in the stalls considering the lateness of our purchase.
I can only describe it as taking a step back into my childhood, I was like a giddy child sitting in my seat before the show started.
Starring Cameron Blakely as Gomez Addams, Samantha Womack as Morticia Addams, Les Dennis as Uncle Fester and Carrie Hope Fletcher as the Princess of Darkness herself, Wednesday Addams.
In a nut-shell, the musical revolves around Wednesday Addams introducing her boyfriend, Lucas whose from a very different family to her “kooky clan” and revealing their secret. The relationship between Wednesday and her father, Gomez Adams, played by Cameron Blakely, is playful and fun, and the humour plays tribute to any father with a teenage daughter. While Gomez was put in a torn position of keeping his daughter’s promise and staying truthful to his wife, the audience is entertained by his struggle and random out-bursts of song. The chemistry between the Blakely and Fletcher is great and I personally found them to be the strongest actors on stage.
Though very much a family show, there are nods to the older audience members with the flirtatious relationship between Morticia and Gomez, and even has their iconic dancing making an appearance towards the end of the show. Understandably, some characters were secondary to others, namely Lucas Beineke (the boyfriend) having a smaller role than I had anticipated, though present throughout the show, he doesn’t seem to have as much of an active role as others, and being slightly out-shone by both of his parents.
The singing from all cast members was incredible, namely from Wednesday who when singing ‘Pulled’ I genuinely thought I was going to go into labour as the baby decided to go mental. Alice, Lucas’ mother, played by Charlotte Page, who I had originally pegged as a secondary character came out of her shell in the dinner scene with an incredible opera-esque vocal range, momentarily stealing the limelight.
Though the show was thoroughly enjoyable, there were only a few criticisms; the role of Uncle Fester seemed to be vamped up a bit to include a love-interest which wasn’t necessary but it was humorous so I’ll let it slide.
A couple of jokes fell a little flat – eg. Wednesday accidentally refers to Lucas by the wrong name in the second act making the audience genuinely wonder if this was on the actor’s part or in the script – distracting us from the show.
Gomez suddenly has a spell of slapstick comedy and falls off his seat during dinner, which I didn’t quite get.
Overall though, it was an amazing performance by all and the show is on tour across the UK, Ireland and even Singapore, so if you have the opportunity to go I suggest you do.
Be prepared to have ‘When You’re an Addams’ stuck in your head for the rest of the day though!