I had an awful evening at The Bristol Hippodrome. The show was grotesque from start to finish, and made me want to gouge out my eyes and hack off my ears. Which, in the style of The Addams Family is high praise indeed!
Most people are familiar with the family of darkness, which centres around the charming, tango loving, passionate Gomez, his wife, the queen of spooky Morticia, and their strange, torture loving children Wednesday and Pugsley. The show in the 1960s gained a huge fan base, and the 1991 film was a big success. So now it has arrived on stage, and follows the story of Wednesday Addams, who has fallen in love with an unsuitable man. He is….gulp…..normal!
I have been looking forward to seeing this for months, and it didn’t let me down one bit. The cast were fantastic, the songs catchy (I’m still singing Crazier Than You), the costumes delightful and the set mesmerising.
Samantha Womack took on the role of Morticia, which she made her own. She was poised and delightfully deadpan throughout, and really bought the character to life. And her dress was fantastic! Cameron Blakely joined her as Gomez, and it was a beautiful (Morticia would hate the use of that word) partnership! He elicited a lot of laughs during his song about trying to keep both his daughter and wife happy! I think every man who has a daughter and wife would sympathise! I went with my parents and my dad was nodding away!!
The role of Gomez’s eccentric brother Fester was due to be played by Les Dennis. However he was not able to perform, and his understudy Scott Paige went on instead. Taking on a role last minute as an understudy must be daunting, but he did a brilliant job! He had Fester’s mannerisms down to a tee, and truly shone! I felt he held the show together with his lines that were directly to the audience.
For musical theatre lovers Carrie Hope Fletcher needs no introduction, and I was excited to see her take on the unusual role of Wednesday. With her ‘resting bitch face’ and devil may care attitude her portrayal shone. She was perfectly complimented by Grant McIntyre, as Pugsley.
However Dickon Gough stole the show for me, as the zombiefied butler Lurch. His slow movements and grunts received many a laugh, as did his surprise singing towards the end!
All in all a fantastic show and a delight to watch. If you only go and see one thing at the theatre this year make it this! You will not regret it!
The Addams Family is on at the Bristol Hippodrome until Saturday.