The Girl in the Green Room Review

Jack Studio Theatre – until 25 May 2024

Reviewed by Claire Roderick

4****

Luke Adamson’s atmospheric ghost story embraces the gothic gloom of Walter De La Mere’s story The Green Room and creates a spookily enthralling hour of drama.

Embracing the familiar verbose and sometimes florid style of the best English ghost stories, Thomas (Joseph Lindoe) narrates the memories of a fateful stormy night. Taking shelter from the storm in a deserted bookshop, Thomas’s comfort in being surrounded by books is soon disturbed as he realises that he may not be alone.

As Thomas attempts to communicate with the ghost, he is led to the mysterious green room hidden in the bookshop, and through a diary, thinks that he is beginning to understand why the girl is trapped there and wants to help, but must also find a way to escape himself.

Joseph Lindoe is a joy to watch as Thomas in a beautifully judged performance, wonderfully earnest and affable, but still arrogant enough to critique the writing of others even as he narrates this terrifying tale. Under Adamson’s direction, the monologue is never dull, as Lindoe draws the audience into the dark and mysterious bookshop by manoeuvring around imagined bookcases. JLA Productions’ lighting and Luke Adamson’s sound design effortlessly build the sense of space and the suspense as sounds emanate from different points around the stage. On a sunny May evening the show felt like we were huddled together around a fire on a dark, wintry night listening to ghost stories – superbly spinetingling.

Jerry’s Girls Review

Menier Chocolate Factory – until 29 June 2024

Reviewed by Claire Roderick

4****

Jerry Herman’s enormous and unforgettable contribution to musical theatre is celebrated in this energetic and fun revue show, first staged on Broadway in 1985. Herman’s greatest hits are galloped through in this joyous show, first conceived by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Herman.

The concept is simple – three female performers perform the Herman hit parade – and director Hannah Chissick embraces the concept with aplomb. We see the “girls” backstage preparing for the performance, and a red curtain sweeps across the stage to mark their actual “performance.” With no script, the passages between songs are filled with silent vignettes allowing glimpses into the women’s lives, loves and relationships with each other. Paul Farnsworth’s set design allows the audience to see the cast interacting or watching each other in the wings as another performs in front of the curtain.

With songs from Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Mack & Mabel, La Cage Aux Folles, A Day in Hollywood, Milk and Honey, Dear World and Parade, there are some incredible numbers in this show that will be familiar and loved by musical theatre fans. Broadly speaking, the performances “backstage” are more intimate and truthful, while the big belting numbers are performed – and sometimes oversold with a knowing wink – “onstage” with Matt Cole’s cheerful choreography. This helps establish the women’s personalities simply and subtly. The show ends with a roll call song reminding us of the incredible women who have sung these songs before.

I think Jerry would approve of this latest set of his girls. Cassidy Janson exudes soulful passion, impish humour and lets rip brilliantly when belting is needed, Jessica Martin is a wonderful mix of toughness and jaded fragility, and Julie Yammanee plays the ingenue role beautifully. Their harmonies are flawless and energy boundless – a wonderful trio of talents.

You’ll leave the theatre smiling and humming. A must-see for musical theatre lovers, and a wonderful introduction to Jerry Herman’s songbook for the uninitiated, Jerry’s Girls is a fun and uplifting show with stellar performances.

SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM – CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM AT BARN THEATRE

THE BARN THEATRE PRESENTS 
SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM 
THE BARN THEATRE 
FROM 08 JULY – 17 AUGUST 
TICKETS HERE

Artistic Director Iwan Lewis, and the whole team at the Barn Theatre, are pleased to announce full casting for the stage adaptation of the much-loved classic TV show Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, running at the Cirencester venue rom 08 July – 17 August, with a national press night on Thursday 11 July.

Directed by Joseph O’Malley and adapted from Ray Allen’s classic 1970s hit show by Guy Unsworth, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em will star Julie Teal (Confusions, Hayfever, Dial M For Murder, The King and I) as ‘Barbara Fisher’, Sam Denia (Chekhov’s Sketches and Vaudevilles, Comedy of Errors, Murder For Two, Around The World In 80 Days) as ‘Frank Spencer’, Laura Anna-Mead (Much Ado About Nothing, Damsels in Distress, Shakespeare in Love, Vanilla) as ‘Betty Spencer’, Derek Elroy (One Man Two Guvnors, Grenfell: Systems Failure, Grimm Tales, Calendar Girls The Musical) as ‘Father O’Hara’, Steven Wren (People, On Golden Pond, Othello, Little Shop of Horrors) as ‘David Worthington/Terry Luscombe’, Georgia Leila Stoller (The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, Carrie the Musical, Treasure Island) as ‘Leslie/Constable’.

The loveable accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate even the easiest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby, with hilarious consequences. A simple, likeable character who unwittingly and apologetically left a trail of devastation in his wake, Spencer’s ineptitude and determination to try everything led to many unforgettable moments of laugh out loud comedy.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is the ultimate feel-good night out, washed down with lashings of nostalgia, belly laughs and Mother’s prune wine. It was first broadcast in 1973 and ran for two series, including two Christmas specials in 1974 and 1975.

During the 1970s, the show dominated television screens and became regarded as one of the most popular hit series of all time. It regularly garnered 25 million viewers and was broadcast in 60 countries. Frank Spencer, with his trademark beret and trench coat still remains one of the most beloved and most instantly recognisable comedy characters of all time.

Artistic Director Iwan Lewis said, “We’re absolutely thrilled to bring ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em’ to the Barn Theatre! This was one of my Grandmother’s favourite TV shows so as Frank Spencer would say, “I’ll try not to make a hash of it, Betty.” -We can’t wait to share Frank’s iconic comedic chaos with you on the Barn Theatre stage. Expect a whirlwind of laughs—Betty herself would be proud. It’s going to be smashing!”

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em will be directed by Joseph O’Malley, with design by Alfie Heywood lighting design by Adam Foley, composition and sound design by Sam Glossop, with Mike Beer as sound programmer. Annie Mackenzie is stunt coordinator.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea West End cast announced for summer season

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR THE NATION’S FAVOURITE TEA-TIME TIGER 

THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA


CELEBRATING ITS 10TH WEST END SEASON THIS SUMMER

A musical play by David Wood based on the book by Judith Kerr 

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT 

8 July – 1 September 2024 

Back by popular demand, the Olivier Award nominated stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to Theatre Royal Haymarket this summer, celebrating its 10th West End season. The 2024 West End cast includes: Abbey Norman (Sophie), Jenanne Redman (Mummy), Benjamin Stone (Daddy, Milkman, Postman, Tiger), Myles Waby (Understudy) and Sarah Horton (Alternative Sophie/Mummy). 

A musical play adapted and directed by David WoodOBE, based on the classic tale by Judith Kerr OBEThe Tiger Who Came to Tea opens at Theatre Royal Haymarket on Monday 8 July until Sunday 1 September 2024, playing for a strictly limited 8 week season. 

Hailed as Britain’s best-loved picture book, Judith Kerr’s timeless classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea is now entering its 56th year, selling over 5 million copies since it was first published in 1968. The live stage adaptation premiered in 2008 and has since toured nationally and internationally, including Christmas seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre with sold out dates in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait and Bahrain. In 2012 the production was nominated for the Olivier Award for ‘Best Family Entertainment’. This will be its 10th West End season and fourth consecutive summer season at Theatre Royal Haymarket. 

Bringing the nation’s favourite tea-guzzling tiger to life on stage, this musical slice of teatime mayhem entertains with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun. It’s the ideal introduction to live theatre for children aged three and above and the perfect summer treat for the whole family. 

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger! 

Directed by David Wood OBE, Designs by Susie Caulcutt, Associate Director/Choreographer Emma Clayton, Music Arranger & Supervisor Peter Pontzen, Magical Illusions designed by former President of the Magic Circle Scott Penrose, Lighting Design by Tony Simpson and Sound Design by Shock Productions. Produced by Nicoll Entertainment Ltd. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is also currently touring the UK until October 2024, and will be playing concurrently with the West End production. 

OVER £74,000 RAISED AT THE ACTING FOR OTHERS WEST END FLEA MARKET

OVER £74,000 RAISED AT THE ACTING FOR OTHERS WEST END FLEA MARKET

Theatrical charity Acting for Others today announces that more than £74,000 was raised at their fourth annual West End Flea Market, held on Saturday 18 May at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden. Making it their most successful event to date.

The Mousetrap was this year crowned the Best Dressed Stall, in the competition judged by national stars Christopher Biggins and Harriet Thorpe. The stall for the world’s longest running show included show memorabilia and exclusive props used in the show for sale, including a newspaper signed by the entire cast, they also had a game of ‘Trap the Mouse’ for participants to play for chance of winning tickets for the show.

Many other West End shows had stalls including Back to the Future, Cabaret at The Kit Kat Club, Disney on Stage including Frozen and The Lion KingGuys and DollsHamiltonHadestownLes Misérables, Mamma MiaMoulin RougeMrs Doubtfire, Operation MincemeatPhantom of the OperaSIXSister ActThe Book of Mormonand The Play that Goes Wrong, and other attractions included; Go Live Theatre Projects, ATG Touring Productions, Theatrical Memorabilia, Tombola, West End Charity Football Club Penalty Shoot-out, My Shot! The Pearly Kings and Queens, several Panto Dames and Flea market favourite Psychic Su Pollard told fortunes!

There were stars in the church taking selfies and signing posters and goodies for fans including Luke BayerChristina BiancoChristopher BigginsSir Derek Jacobi, Ruth Jones, Lesley JosephBonnie LangfordMelanie La Barrie, Harriet ThorpeDame Arlene PhillipsDianne Pilkington, Peter Polycarpou and Michael Xavier.

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Full company announced for Chichester Festival Theatre & Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of OLIVER!

Full company announced for Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh’s brand new production of Lionel Bart’s iconic musical

Revised by Cameron Mackintosh Directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne

8 July – 7 September, Chichester Festival Theatre

As rehearsals started this week, the full cast has been announced for the spectacular new production of Lionel Bart’s iconic musical OLIVER!, premiering at Chichester Festival Theatre, produced in association with Cameron Mackintosh, from 8 July – 7 September. The show has been reconceived by director and choreographer Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, and will transfer to London’s Gielgud Theatre from 14 December.

Joining the previously announced Simon Lipkin (Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q) as Fagin, Shanay Holmes (Miss Saigon, The Bodyguard) as Nancy, Aaron Sidwell (Henry VI, Wicked) as Bill Sikes, Billy Jenkins (Les Misérables, BBC’s Dodger) as the Artful Dodger and Philip Franks (The Rocky Horror Show, Witness for the Prosecution) as Mr Brownlow, are: Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Mother Goose, Only Fools and Horses The Musical) as Mr Bumble; Katy Secombe (The Music Man, Les Misérables) as Widow Corney; Stephen Matthews (Strictly Ballroom, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Mr Sowerberry/Dr Grimwig; and Jamie Birkett (Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Mamma Mia The Party) as Mrs Sowerberry/Mrs Bedwin.

Forming the young adult cast are Callum Hudson (Noah Claypole), Isabelle Methven (Bet), Lochlan White (Charley Bates) and Harry Cross (Fagin’s Gang). The ensemble members/swings are: Rachael Archer, Tegan Bannister, Adam Boardman, Bethany Huckle, Ebony Jonelle, Bethan Keens (Charlotte), Danny Lane, Peter Nash, Josh Patel-Foster, Sam Peggs, Jasmine Sakyiama, Wendy Somerville (Old Sally), Leah Vassell and Matthew Whennell-Clark.

Sharing the role of Oliver Twist are Cian Eagle-Service (The Witches, Les Misérables), Raphael Korniets (The Snowman) and Jack Philpott (The Witches, Matilda). Following a nationwide search where hundreds of children from all around the country came to London to audition, the younger roles in Fagin’s gang are shared by Toba Agbelusi, Zoe Akinyosade, Ben Birch, Finley Burrows, Preston Cropp, Benjamin Dalton, Kylan Michael Denis, Sebastian Elton, Liam Findlay, Rudy Gibson, Stanley Guy, George Hamblin, Lily Hanna, Charlie Hodson-Prior, Grace King, Cooper McCrae, Jonny Niland, Hugo Pechey, William Skinner, Dylan Xavier and Aaron Zhao. Rudy Gibson, Charlie Hodson-Prior and William Skinner will also perform as Alternate Artful Dodger.

Matthew Bourne commented: ‘When the groundbreaking original production of Oliver! opened in 1960 the brilliant young cast was led by Ron Moody, Georgia Brown and Barry Humphries! None of them household names at the time but their performances would soon become the stuff of theatrical legend. I’m delighted today to be announcing our similarly brilliant and youthful cast, who will bring fresh life to Lionel Bart’s beloved masterpiece, creating an Oliver! for today, whilst staying true to the joyous spirit of its creator.’

The new production is designed by Lez Brotherston, Matthew Bourne’s long-time collaborator since 1994 (the same year Matthew also first worked as choreographer for Cameron Mackintosh and Sam Mendes on Oliver!) – their work together includes their celebrated production of Swan Lake, for which they both won Tonys on Broadway in 1999, where it was produced by Cameron; and their acclaimed productions of Edward Scissorhands and The Red Shoes.

Matthew Bourne is internationally renowned for reinventing classic stories for his company New Adventures, as well as his Olivier Award-winning choreography for My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins (which he co-directed and also earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography) and his recent acclaimed direction and musical staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends.

With one of the greatest scores of all time, including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more, Lionel Bart’s stage and film award-winning masterpiece vividly brings to life Dickens’ ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more.

Revised by Cameron Mackintosh, Oliver! is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne; co-director Jean-Pierre van der Spuy; designer Lez Brotherston; musical supervisor and conductor Graham Hurman; lighting designers Paule Constable and Ben Jacobs; sound designer Adam Fisher; projection designer George Reeve; original orchestrations William David Brohn; orchestral adaptation Stephen Metcalfe; choreographic associates Etta Murfitt and Sam Archer; casting directors Felicity French CDG and Paul Wooller CDG; children’s casting director Verity Naughton CDG.

Oliver! is a Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre production.

There will be a Dementia Friendly performance on 31 July; a Relaxed Performance on 22 August; and a Summer Charity Gala on 6 September.

Oliver! is sponsored by Genesis Town Planning and Greenwood Wealth Solutions

Listings Info & booking information

Oliver!

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart

Freely adapted from Charles DickensOliver Twist

Revised by Cameron Mackintosh

Directed and Choreographed by Matthew Bourne

Chichester Festival Theatre

Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP

Performances from Monday 8 July – Saturday 7 September

Evenings at 7.30pm (except press night 24 Jul at 7pm, gala 6 Sep 6.30pm), matinees at 2.30pm

Tickets from £15

Prologue: £5 tickets for 16 – 30s

cft.org.uk Box Office 01243 781312

Gielgud Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

Performances from Saturday 14 December 2024 Currently booking until Sunday 6 April 2025

oliverthemusical.com

Velma Celli: Show Queen Review

York Theatre Royal – Thursday 23rd May 2024

Reviewed by Michelle Richardson

5*****

York drag sensation Velma Celli, the alter ego of West End star Ian Stroughair, brought her latest cabaret act to the York Theatre Royal stage on Thursday evening. Show Queen, a celebration of the very best from London’s West End and Broadway Musical Theatre hits.

What a start to the show. Burlesque artist Miss Betsy Rose, performing a modest dance, before we were introduced to the star of the show, Velma. She looked fabulous with her amazing black outfit, massive bouffant skirt, short fitted jacket, hat and sparkly gloves. Just WOW!

Rather unfortunately there was a problem with the sound during the first number, and the show had to be halted mid-song to try and rectify. We had to wait a short while for it to restart, the whole audience showed great patience and understanding, and eager to have a great evening’s worth of entertainment. Starting from scratch, the show did go on, much to all our delight.

What a night it was, with music from some well-known shows, Cabaret, Rent, Six, Les Mis, Wicked and many more, as well as others, not so well known, Taboo and Soho Cinders. Even with the well-known shows, the tunes weren’t necessarily the ones you would expect to hear, with Velma opting for the more obscure numbers, as well as firm favourites. There were so many belting tunes, one of my favourites was Feeling Good, from the lesser known The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, but we all know the tune.

Along with a four-piece band, Scott, Sexy Al, Claudia, and Gordon, she had a couple of guest entertainers. As well as Miss Betsy Rose, who performed an impressive burlesque routine, Velma was joined by her local partner in crime, Jessica Steel. Accompanied by Stuart on the guitar, an ABBA medley, and her cracking vocals you can understand why Jess is her go-to girl. The local York audience lapped up their chemistry.

The charismatic Velma is a born entertainer, commanding centre stage. With her sharp wit, acidic tongue, and belting voice, she is a true star. I would have loved to have seen Stroughair perform on stage in the West End. Her ability to interact with the audience is a wonderful thing, at one point she had us all meowing to her rendition of Memory from Cats, and singing along with Never Trevor, you know, the ‘famous’ lyrics from Never Enough from The Greatest Showman. We were putty in her hands.

My only criticism of the night was, I thought there was too much echo on the vocals, her vocal range is impressive, and she really didn’t need it. That is only my untrained opinion, and it certainly didn’t detract from an amazing show.

Velma Celli is such a fabulous, flamboyant drag star, the consummate Show Queen. This one night only, cabaret show, was an amazing fun night out, fully deserving the standing ovation.

Make sure you keep an eye out for any of her future shows, I know I will.

Little Shop of Horrors Review

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull – until 8th June 2024

Reviewed by Dawn Bennett

5*****

I absolutely love musicals, and I’ve seen quite a lot, before I was a reviewer and since. I can safely say that last night I saw one that will now be in my top three of favourite ones. It was funny, had a brilliant cast, fantastic music and was deliciously dark.

This production of Little Shop of Horrors was a collaboration between Hull Truck Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Theatre By The Lake and Octagon Theatre Bolton and I must say that it was a fabulous show. They had a band above the stage led by Musical Director Livi Van Warmelo and with drummer Migdalia van der Hoven they were joined by other members of the talented cast playing guitar and keyboards. The sound was spot on, I could hear every word said and sung.

Seymour (Oliver Mawdsley) and Audrey (Laura Jane Matthewson) work in a florist owned by Mr Mushnik (Andrew Whitehead) in the rundown neighbourhood of Skid Row. The shop is not doing well in fact Mr Mushnik, after another day of no customers, decides to close the shop and tell Audrey and Seymour not to come back. Seymour then tells Mr Mushnik that he has an idea on how to help, he explains that he found a plant that he wasn’t too sure what type it is but tells him that with a little bit of tlc he can make the plant grow. And as it’s really unusual it may get them more customers. What he doesn’t tell him is that the plant, who he names Audrey II, can only be fed on blood…human blood. The plant makes them famous; everyone wants to see Audrey II and the shop becomes very busy. Seymour has been feeding the plant with his own blood and he becomes ill and very anaemic! As the plant becomes bigger and bigger the problems really start!

Seymour has fallen for the other shop assistant Audrey but she only has eyes for her violent dentist boyfriend Orin (Matthew Ganley). Audrey has been browbeaten, humiliated and beaten by Orin so when he “disappears” Seymour sees his chance and him and Audrey get together.

The story is hilarious and the acting and singing is second to none. Chiffon (Janna May), Crystal (Zweyla Mitchell Dos Santos) and Ronnette (Chardai Shaw) were excellent in helping the show flow with their acting, instrument playing and brilliant harmonies. Audrey II puppeteer Matthew Heywood and Anton Stephens, the voice of Audrey II brought the plant to life brilliantly. Oliver Mawdsley (Seymour) and Laura Jane Matthewson (Audrey) and Andrew Whitehead (Mr Mushnik) played their parts fabulously. Matthew Ganley (Orin, and a few other characters!) was just so good, his comic timing and his ability to do physical comedy was so good and fabulous to watch.

This is definitely a must-see production, everything about it is amazing and I would give it more than 5 ***** if I could. Please, you really need to just go and see it, and remember…don’t feed the plants!

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL commemorates the one year anniversary of Tina Turner’s passing

In partnership with Fleurs de Villes, who feature floral artists around the world,  TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL   presents a floral tribute to Tina Turner by Ricky Paul Florist, currently on display at Hay’s Galleria in London Bridge. Today, Friday 24 May 2024, commemorates the one year anniversary of the icon’s passing.  TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL in the West End continues to celebrate her extraordinary music and inspirational story.

Please find below a download link to new principal cast members Zoe Birkett (Tina Turner) and Rolan Bell (Ike Turner), at the installation at Hays Galleria. Ricky Paul Florist created the floral tribute using pampas grass, help heads sprayed gold to create the dress and a gorgeous display of roses surrounding the design inspired by the Tina Turner Rose.

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is directed by Phyllida Lloyd, choreographed by Anthony van Laast and written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins. The show currently stars Karis Anderson and Elesha Paul Moses sharing the role of Tina and Okezie Morro as Ike Turner. With Mark Anderson as Record Producer Phil Spector and Lyricist Terry Britten, Jonathan Carlton as record company Marketing Manager Erwin Bach, Vanessa Dumatey as Tina’s sister Alline Bullock, Irene Myrtle Forrester as Tina’s Grandmother, GG, Earl Gregory as Tina’s father Richard Bullock, Harry Harrington as Tina’s Manager Roger Davies, Emma Hatton as Ike and Tina’s manager Rhonda Graam, Jairus McClanahan as Tina’s first love Raymond Hill and Carole Stennett as Tina’s mother Zelma.

The critically acclaimed production of TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL received its world premiere in April 2018 in London and subsequently broke all Box Office records at the Aldwych Theatre.

TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL is dedicated to the memory of Tina Turner, who sadly passed away in May 2023. She would have turned 85 on 26 November this year.

Mind Mangler – Member of the Tragic Circle Review

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge – until Saturday 25th May 2024

Reviewed by Steph Lott

5*****

Mind Mangler,” is a production from the Mischief stable, starring Henry Lewis as the eponymous magician, Jonathan Sayer as the Stooge, and Tom Wainwright as Percy. It’s a delightful blend of magic and comedy that keeps the audience laughing and amazed throughout the performance. Written by the talented trio of Lewis, Sayer, and Henry Shields, and expertly directed by Hannah Sharkey, the show is a blend of comedy and magic. Lewis has the audience in his pocket from start to finish, and the laughs and wonder never stop.

Lewis’s portrayal of the Mind Mangler is spot-on, as he effortlessly navigates between impressive feats of magic, awkward comedic moments and humorous encounters with the audience and his assistants. The reactions of the participants and the crowd’s astonishment are testament to Lewis’s skill and showmanship, ably supported by Sayer and Wainwright. The banter between the magician and his assistants is hilarious, and there is plenty of laughter from the audience.

The audience participation is another standout aspect of the show. Lewis and Sayer have an incredible rapport with the crowd, making everyone feel included and engaged. They effortlessly select volunteers, who become part of the performance, adding an extra layer of unpredictability and humour to the proceedings.

Throughout the show, the successful tricks are indeed excellent, showcasing Lewis’s skills as a magician. The magic is enhanced by the comedic elements, making each moment more memorable and enjoyable. The Mind Mangler manages to find the perfect balance between humour and wonder, ensuring that the audience is consistently entertained.

In conclusion, “Mind Mangler” at the Cambridge Arts Theatre is a must-see comedy magic show that offers a perfect blend of laughter and astonishment. With a talented cast, brilliant writing, and expert direction, this performance is a testament to the power of combining magic and comedy. The audience participation, the rapport between the performers and the crowd, and the masterful balance of successful and “failed” tricks make for an unforgettable evening of entertainment. If you’re looking for a show that will keep you laughing and amazed from start to finish, “Mind Mangler “ is an excellent choice. If I could give it more stars, I would.