Thursday, 7 January 2016

Review: Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre



Guys and Dolls
Savoy Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 4th January 2016
★★★★

Gordon Greenberg's production of Guys and Dolls has transferred to the West End's Savoy Theatre following its 2014 run at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Regarded by many as one of the greatest musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls is a legendary show which bursts with old school charm.

I adore Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide; she takes her performance from one extreme to another whilst pulling off some sensational costumes. 

Elsewhere Jamie Parker - who later this year will take on the title role in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter play - and David Haig both shine as New York gamblers Sky Masterton and Nathan Detroit.

Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright's choreography is strikingly slick. It's a joy to see such a large ensemble filling the stage, particularly as they are so sharp and on point; both Lucy Jane Adcock and Genevieve Nicole make a big impression throughout.

I found the first act a little slow in places; at times some of the comedy fell flat, but as Guys and Dolls progressed into the second act everything fell into place. The highlight of the evening is the showstopping number 'Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat'. Receiving three rounds of extended applause, Gavin Spokes led the song superbly as Nicely Nicely Johnson opposite the fabulous  Lorna Gayle as General Cartwright. 

It's wonderful to see such an iconic show back in the West End for a couple of months before heading back on tour. Once the pace settles and the charm kicks in, Guys and Dolls provides a few hours of delightful escapism. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Guys and Dolls runs at the Savoy Theatre until Saturday 12tb March and tours the UK between 16th March and 20th July 2016. Please visit www.guysanddollsthemusical.co.uk for further information and tickets.

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