Belgrade Theatre Coventry – until October 29th 2022
Reviewed by Sarah Harris ( and Isla age 13)
An outstanding stage adaptation by Birmingham Stage Company of one of David Walliams much loved children’s novels which is a must see for both young and old.
The story follows Alfie ( Sam Varley) a 12 year old boy and his friend Gabz (Georgia Grant-Anderson) as they try to find out who is leaving horrible things under children’s pillows when they leave a tooth out for the tooth fairy.
We also see the relationship between Alfie and his disabled Dad (James Mitchell) as they accept they need help from a new social worker Winnie (Misha Malcolm).
And no David Walliams story is complete without an appearance from Raj the shop keeper who is expertly brought to the stage by Zain Abrahams.
Alfie and Gabz discover that the new dentist Miss Root (Emily Harrigan) is not as nice as she seems which takes them on an adventure to find out the truth and stop her.
The show was entertaining and full of humour that was enjoyable for both young and old. It brought a much loved book alive. The Demon Dentist made some children scream out loud in the theatre but in a fun way.
The actors playing children were so good they made you forget they were adults and Alfie’s singing voice was brilliant.
Choreography (Paul Chantry and Rae Piper) was fun especially the improvisation scene which made us laugh out loud.
The set was fantastic (designed by Jackie Trousdale) and changes were smooth. Although not a musical the songs sung were very good.
The entire cast were absolutely amazing and this show is perfect for families and friends of all ages although younger children may be a little scared.