Yes, the much loved book and movie has finally been brought to life on UK stages in unmissable style by the fantastic Matthew White and team. This new(ish) musical tells the tale of the dark and mysterious Addams Family who are forced to put on ‘one normal night’ in an effort to impress their daughters new, normal boyfriend. Wednesday Addams finds herself ‘pulled in a new direction’ and in turn she almost pulls her family apart when an after dinner game unveils a series of lies, tricks and betrayals. This much loved story has been transformed with a devilishly catchy score by Andrew Lippa into a magnificently kooky musical.
The first thing that stands out about this production is the overall design. Everything about it screams high-end production and perfectly illustrates this dark yet light-hearted story. Diego Pitarch’s set is sleek and detailed; beautifully transforming the space from haunted mansion to spooky park with ease and elegance. A particular stand out was Alistair David’s eye-catching choreography which was gorgeously thought through, meticulously married with the music and performed with incredible energy from an outstanding ensemble cast.
The entirety of the cast was exceptionally strong, with each member offering noticeable enthusiasm and individuality to their role. Together they demonstrated exquisite comedic timing whilst maintaining their dark personas, gaining huge laughs from even the most subtle of jokes. We were fortunate enough to see understudy Scott Paige as Uncle Fester and for me he was a total stand-out. He was loveable and hilarious in the role and this combined with his stunning vocals made him an unforgettable presence on the stage.
Stunning design combined with an exceptional cast has produced a modern musical masterpiece! Its kooky, spectacularly dark and bloomin’ hilarious. This is not one to miss.
You can catch this kooky clan at Milton Keynes Theatre until 28th October before heading to Dartford. For more information, check the Addams Family UK Tour Website!
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*Production images by Matt Martin