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The Addams Family

“Sizzling musical comedy”
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Love, quite incongruously, is all around in the musical comedy version of The Addams Family, which sees Charles Addams’ famously morbid cartoon creations discover, to their horror, that daughter Wednesday has fallen in love – with a normal boy.

A version of the musical opened on Broadway in 2010, though it was later revised for a US tour. Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s book has the expected level of spooky kookiness, but it’s Andrew Lippa’s music and lyrics that make it soar even if there’s an occasional lack of crispness from an otherwise powerhouse orchestra.

Les Dennis’ Uncle Fester is an emcee figure, calling on a chorus of ghostly Addams ancestors to help the family in its plight.

They are ever present in Matthew White’s production, cruelly mocking in the background, looming in the shadowy paintings and balconies of Diego Pitarch’s consistently inventive set. As choreographed by Alistair David, they give the show a lavish feel, crowding the stage but believably invisible to the “normal” family of Wednesday’s intended.

Carrie Hope Fletcher captures Wednesday’s teenage angst with authenticity and provides a commanding vocal performance. Her romance with Oliver Ormson’s Lucas is unconventional enough, but it is Wednesday’s relationship with Cameron Blakely, as her father Gomez, that is most interesting.

Samantha Womack’s Morticia suffers a little in comparison. She does not quite reach the right levels of imperiousness in the role, as the irascible Gomez works out how to cope with the competing commands of wife and daughter.

Suitably, for a show based on a single-frame comic, there are plenty of sight gags.

There are musical gags too. The scene in which Charlotte Page, as Lucas’ mother, Alice, discovers her inner id is a brilliant piece of vocal prowess and Dickon Gough’s one vocal breakout moment, as steadfast butler Lurch, is superbly revealed.


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Production Details
Production nameThe Addams Family
VenueFestival Theatre
LocationEdinburgh
StartsApril 20, 2017
EndsApril 29, 2017, then touring until November 4
Running time2hrs 30mins
ComposerAndrew Lippa
Book writerMarshall Brickman, Rick Elice
LyricistAndrew Lippa
DirectorMatthew White
Musical directorAndrew Hilton
ChoreographerAlistair David
Set designerDiego Pitarch
Lighting designerBen Cracknell
Sound designerRichard Brooker
CastCarrie Hope Fletcher, Charlotte Page, Cameron Blakely, Dale Rapley, Dickon Gough, Grant Mcintyre, Les Dennis, Oliver Ormson, Samantha Womack, Valda Aviks
Company stage managerDavid Nelson
Stage managerAmy Wildgoose, Matt Harper
ProducerAria, Festival Theatre Edinburgh
VerdictSizzling, well-sung and funny touring production of the musical based on the macabre creations of Charles Addams
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