The Addams Family Musical Comedy

Friday, 21 July 2017

Prepare for a night of ultimate spooky kookiness when you take your seat to watch the spectacular Addams Family Musical Comedy! I was recently invited along to the Mayflower Theatre Southampton to enjoy this visionary show along with the wonderful Southampton Bloggers crew, and I seriously could not have loved it any more.

We took our seats. Dim lighting. The stage set for mischief and quirky adventures galore. Towering walls surrounded the stage, aged to perfection with eerie light creeping through fallen slats, the ultimate stately home complete with intimidating gate. Every detail of the set was immaculately thought through. The only way to top such an atmosphere was when the orchestra broke out into that oh-so familiar Addams family theme tune. Smiles spread and hands clapped and snapped along - we were well and truly ready for action!

Well loved characters made their way onto stage; Morticia (Eastenders own Samantha Womack), Gomez (Cameron Blakely), Uncle Fester (an almost unrecognisable Les Dennis), Pugsley (Grant McIntyre) and Wednesday (Carrie Hop Fletcher) - every inch of them dressed for the occasion in some of the most gorgeous and somewhat flamboyant costumes I've seen. They sung with voices oozing west-end power and had us hanging on every word. The songs were infectious, vibrant and full of feeling - and have already made their way onto my Spotify playlist! There's just something about hearing a grand orchestra playing live music; it pumps through your chest and makes you feel so alive.

The story is set around everyone's favourite little princess of darkness, Wednesday Addams, who is all grown up and has fallen in love for a normal boy from a respectable family! No way! She confides in her dearest daddy, Gomez, begging him not to tell his treasured wife before they throw a dinner to help the two families successfully mix - but do things go to plan? I wont spoil it for you!
Of course, in true Addams family style, the story is full of twists and turns, and plenty of hilarious one liners! The audience were involved in every scene, I sat on the edge of my seat, and clapped my hands to my mouth numerous times, and as the curtain came down at interval I just couldn't wait for more.

Gomez was a standout to me, his character was incredible; pure crazy, but brilliant! His songs were catchy and, sometimes, raw. He was full of one liners - he had us laughing from start to finish, but he also showed his family man side, constantly torn between the two loves of his life; his daughter, and his wife - he just couldn't win, but it was so funny to watch him try!

The show was just an all round heart-warming, feel good piece perfect for people of ages - it would make a great family night out! Produced with the audience and their love of the original Addams family in mind, it was everything you could have hoped for and more. You can catch a performance at the Mayflower until 29 July before the show moves on, continuing its tour right through November. You can also find the full schedule on The Addams Family - A Musical Comedy website.

I had such a fantastic night with the Southampton Blogger Girls, and want to thank The Mayflower Theatre so much for putting on such a brilliant show! You can check out what else is coming up through the Mayflower Theatre's website, I know I will be!

*Tickets were provided in exchange for a review of this show but all thought and opinions are my own. Some images also courtesy of the Mayflower Theatre.

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