Friday, 8 April 2016

Review: A Story Of Tom Jones (UK tour) at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

A Story Of Tom Jones (UK tour) 
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 5th April 2016

Who can resist a bit of Tom Jones? Whilst his music still fills dance floors, jukebox musical A Story Of Tom Jones is a little rough around the edges. The show begins when Jones was an undiscovered boy with a big talent, and follows his story to cracking the music industry.

The show features plenty of hits, but it takes a long time for them to kick in. The first thirty minutes is very slow, with Mike James' book jolting all over the place. When the show ends Jones is on track to becoming a mega star and the whole thing becomes a tribute concert with some audience members up on their feet dancing the night away. Finally we hear the songs we've been waiting for, but sadly many audience members thought the show was over so had already left. 

Kit Orton deals with the demanding role well whilst the cast of talented actor-musicians work hard; unfortunately they're pulled back by the show's poor structure. The set appears a little flimsy whilst one or two wigs look very cheap. Ultimately A Story Of Tom Jones lacks heart; everybody loves Tom Jones, he is an incredibly talented musical legend, but this show doesn't quite capture his spirit and fails to make an impact. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

A Story Of Tom Jones tours the UK to 4th June 2016.
Please visit for information, tour dates and tickets.

Photo Credit: Simon Gough

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