Seussical The Musical

November 27, 2018

THEATRE REVIEW

 

Seussical The Musical

at Southwark Playhouse, London

 

"It is fun fun fun - and then some!"

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the works of Dr Seuss, but concentrating on Horton Hears A Who!, this show is a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, laugh-out-loud delight.

 

From the very beginning, the Cat In The Hat appears and cheekily pulls us into the Seuss-iverse. Marc Pickering plays the Cat with grace and confidence, a feline brimming with fun (and just a dash of naughtiness) although he could push the clowning a little further - flex his comedy muscles and be a tad more dangerous. I felt as though he is holding back from stealing the show.

 

 

 

That honour goes to Scott Paige. He plays Horton with humour, honesty and a purity that melts the heart. Amy Perry, playing Gertrude, breaks the heart with her yearning love for Horton and her stunning rendition of All For You.

 

 

 

There are some amazing set-pieces in the show which is crammed full of songs, music, comedy and, of course, dancing. The group numbers are performed in such volume and choreography like the show is in a huge West End venue - it all comes together best when James Tobias’ direction calms down and realises that the space is surprisingly intimate and that less is more.

 

 

 

This is a Theatre for Young Audiences Version, but does not hold back. The cast of twelve and live band give everything amidst a brilliant set and imaginative costumes. It is fun fun fun - and then some!

 

 

 

Photographer       Adam Trigg

Producer                Immersion Theatre

Director                  James Tobias

Choreography       Chris Whittaker

Music & Book        Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics & Book        Lynn Ahrens

Co-Conceived by   Eric Idle

Musical Director   James Doughty

Set Designers         Justin Williams & Jonny Rust

Costume                 Rachel Cartlidge

 

Venue               Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway,

                          London SE1 6BD

Tube                 Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo and Northern Lines)

Performances Until Saturday 29th December 2018

Times                7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday

                           3pm Saturday and Sunday Matinees

                           Extra shows in Christmas week - check website for

                           details

Tickets              £25 (concessions £20)

Box Office        www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk and 020 7407 0234

Running Time 75 minutes (no interval)

Twitter             @swkplay, @Immersion_Thtr, @SeussicalLondon

 

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