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Little Shop of Horrors

Published Friday 8 June 2012 at 11:32 by Peter Cargill

Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 61st season gets an all-encompassing title of “Flights of Fancy”. The programme notes that this year’s six productions have been chosen “because they delight in putting the fantastical, the outlandish and the all-but-impossible onstage”. And that is the perfect description of the opening offering - the now-traditional musical.

Emily Altneu, Elliot Harper, Jo Freer and Natasha Lewis in Little Shop of Horrors at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (previous picture shows Charlie Tighe)

Emily Altneu, Elliot Harper, Jo Freer and Natasha Lewis in Little Shop of Horrors at Pitlochry Festival Theatre (previous picture shows Charlie Tighe) Photo: Douglas McBride

It will certainly appeal to a different breed of theatregoer, following last year’s record-breaking My Fair Lady - it is raucous, fast-moving and ridiculously entertaining.

Chiffon (Emily Altneu), Crystal (Natasha Lewis) and Ronnette (Jo Freer) set the standard with the opening number - a standard that is never to wane in Durnin’s electric production. Charlie Tighe brings geekiness to new levels as Seymour and Kate Quinnell makes a welcome return as Audrey, the masticating, squawking Bronx blonde. She was Eliza last year - such versatility, and add to that the necessity to play saxophone, clarinet and keyboards. Elliot Harper makes a huge impression in a variety of roles, none more so than the gloating dentist and Robin Harvey Edwards bumbles along as the unwitting shop owner Mushnik. Under Stuart Watson, the whole cast - including Kathryn Ritchie and Dan Smith - contributes on and offstage musically with Joseph Mann (manipulation) and David Delve (voice) also in charge of Audrey, the voracious plant.

The florist’s shop and neighbouring buildings get a real Skid Row feel from designer Charles Cusick Smith.

A nice touch comes in a post-curtain call reprise with the cast out front as musicians giving the patrons a chance to fully appreciate the multi-talented ensemble.

Production information

Pitlochry Festival, Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, May 18-October 13

Author:
Howard Ashman, (music: Alan Menken)
Director:
John Durnin
Producer:
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Cast includes:
Charlie Tighe, Kate Quinnell, Robin Harvey Edwards, Elliot Harper
Running time:
2hrs 10mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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