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“Charming, hilarious & sinister” – Reviewing Little Shop of Horrors at Hull Truck Theatre

Last night, the third UK tour of “Little Shop of Horrors” arrived at Hull Truck Theatre, and it was an amazing experience.

The story starts with Seymour (Oliver Mawdsley), a shy flower shop worker who finds a strange plant he names Audrey II, after his coworker Audrey (Laura Jane Matthewson). But Audrey II isn’t just any plant – it craves human blood.

As Audrey II grows, Seymour’s life changes. The plant brings business and fame to the struggling flower shop owned by Mr. Mushnik (Andrew Whitehead). But the plant’s needs soon become more demanding, pushing Seymour into tough and dangerous choices.

Oliver Mawdsley and Laura Jane Matthewson have great chemistry, creating a believable and touching relationship. Mawdsley’s Seymour is both lovable and conflicted, while Matthewson’s Audrey is sweet and vulnerable. Their duet “Suddenly, Seymour” is a highlight.

Andrew Whitehead’s Mr. Mushnik is a mix of gruff and funny, adding depth to the shop scenes. Matthew Ganley as Orin, the dentist, is hilariously over-the-top, adding dark humor to the show. But it’s Anton Stephans, as the voice of Audrey II, who stands out the most. His powerful voice makes the plant come alive with a scary charm. Matthew Heywood’s puppeteering of Audrey II is seamless and adds to the plant’s creepiness.

The supporting cast, including Janna May (Chiffon), Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos (Crystal), and Chardai Shaw (Ronnette), bring extra energy to the stage. Their harmonies and performances in songs like “Skid Row (Downtown)” and “Da-Doo” are electric, and their presence adds a lively spirit to the show. Each member of the cast contributes to the overall charm and dynamism, making every scene and song memorable.

The set design by TK Hay transforms the intimate Hull Truck Theatre stage into the gritty world of Skid Row, with a flower shop that becomes more sinister as Audrey II grows. The special effects and puppetry are fantastic, making the plant’s growth both believable and scary.

The show is energetic, thanks to director Lotte Wakeham and choreographer Sundeep Saini. The ensemble cast, including Chiffon, Crystal, and Ronnette (played by Janna May, Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos, and Chardai Shaw), bring extra energy with their singing and dancing.

“Little Shop of Horrors” at Hull Truck Theatre is a great mix of comedy, horror, and rock ‘n’ roll, keeping the audience entertained from start to finish. The production balances the funny and scary moments well, making it a memorable night out.

With a great cast, cool set design, and unforgettable music, this tour of “Little Shop of Horrors” is a must-see. Be ready to laugh, gasp, and maybe think twice about watering your plants at night. It’s running until Sat 8 June – all the info and tickets here!

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