Review: Guys and Dolls

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Luck Be a Lady…

Having recently housed Imelda Staunton and the critically acclaimed production of Gypsy, there were high hopes as we returned to London’s Savoy Theatre. And this time, it’s the turn of Gordon Greenberg’s production of Guys and Dolls; direct from its run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

It’s so easy to see why many regard this show as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Its vast charm, intelligence and musical brilliance means that you’ll leave the theatre bursting with a smile. And that’s exactly what this production delivers.

© Paul Coltas

© Paul Coltas

Lead by Jamie Parker and David Haig as Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit, the pair brim with confidence and cockiness — both in equal measure.

Battling through a slightly difficult first act, dull and flat dialogue gives audiences a great amount of information to take in, while presenting small company numbers to enjoy visually. However, come the second half, the brilliance of this piece and cast is fully shown.

© Paul Coltas

© Paul Coltas

And it comes no greater than in the form of Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide. A comedic genius, the vocal and acting ability of such a talent is rare. The lady herself worthy of the repeated cheers and applause throughout.

Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright’s rather charming choreography is striking, but a little safe at times. Yet, nothing is missed during the barnstorming number Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.

Thumping the second half straight into the hearts of everyone lucky enough to get a ticket, Gavin Spokes’ leadership as Nicely Nicely Johnson — alongside Lorna Gayle as General Cartwright — means you’re left finally understanding why people just can’t get enough of Guys and Dolls.

© Paul Coltas

© Paul Coltas

A charming piece of theatre — although it may take a little while to get there — Guys and Dolls is rightly back in the West End, before embarking on a UK tour later in the year.

GT gives Guys and Dolls — 4/5


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