Halloween Theatre – Going Bump in the Stalls!
So Halloween is fast approaching, and @KTRoseReview has been looking at what great shows/musicals are there about that will get us into the spooky sprit – this will include both current and past shows of the West End.
Spooky themed Musicals:
Currently playing at the Arts Theatre, in the middle of the West End. Toxic Avenger is the rock musical based on the 1984 comedy-horror-cult classic film of the same name. It tells the story of Toxie, a mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart. He is out to save New Jersey and end global warming, but also win the heart of his true beloved. You will laugh, scream and sing as Toxie saves the day, and rocks the stage!
Having previously premiered at the Southwark Playhouse its sold out performances were well received of 6 Off West End Award nominations, including Best New Musical. It now will play at The Arts Theatre, until the 3rd December. Noticeably it is looking to be a personal favourite with some of our MTAS members, Have you seen it?
Recently opened at the Garrick Theatre this October, Young Frankenstein has by far impressed the public and press! With raving reviews this Mel Brooks horror comedy cult Classic has been brought to life live on stage.
Based on the 1974 film which starred Gene Wilder, it is a parody of the horror film genre, especially focusing on the Mary Shelly’s classic Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. The musical tells the tale of Fredrick Frankenstein grandson of the famous Victor Frankenstein, who has inherited his grandfather’s home in Transylvania. Leaving his home, fiancé he travels to his newly owned estate and meets Igor, Frau Blucher and newly hired Ingar. Although at first he is not proud of his family name, it isn’t long till Fredrick follows in his grandfather’s footsteps and achieves more than he could ever thought he could!
Starring Lesley Joseph, Ross Noble, Hadley Fraser, and Summer Strallen, I myself highly recommend this show! It has also extended its booking until the end of September 2018, go and get your tickets now!
Phantom of the Opera
Playing now into its 31st Year at Her Majesty’s Theatre, the Phantom is great to get you into the Halloween mood, even with a love story thrown in. Having myself only seen it for the first time this year! It spooky, sprit vibes is enough to give you Goosebumps in your seat!
It is a musical produced my Cameron Mackintosh and created by Andrew Lloyd Webber who wrote the music, book along with Richard Stilgoe, who also wrote the lyrics with Charles Hart. Based on the French novel Le Fantome de l’Opera by Gaston Lerox, its central plot circulates around a beautiful Soprano, Christine Daae, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, masked musical genius (The Phantom) who lives in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Garnier.
Currently starring Ben Lewis as the Phantom, Kelly Mathieson as Chrisine, and Jeremy Taylor as Raoul. It’s a classic musical, that can get you in the Halloween spirit!
The Addams Family
Sadly this musical touring the UK is coming to its end this week at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, having toured for the past 6 month brining the classic weird and kooky family to many UK based theatres.
This musical isn’t based on the favourite cult films but tells the story of the Addams Family quite a few years on from the last film. Wednesday is now 18 years old, having fallen for a normal boy at school she wishes for ‘One Normal Night’ for when her family meet his family. But we all know being an Addams, it won’t always be ‘normal’
A brand new musical, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Samantha Womack, I know has been much loved this past 6 months, did you catch it? Are you going to its final week?
Little Shop of Horrors
Now not currently on the West End – sadly! But this musical is defiantly a horror comedy classic, with human eating alien plants, what more could you want?
Little Shop of Horrors, was created by composer Alan Menken (Disney), and writer Howard Ashman. It tells the story of a hapless florist shop worker Seymour, who obtains and ordinary plant, that he raises and names Audrey II– the only issue is to help it grow it needs to feed on human blood and flesh. Bringing fame to his manager Mushnik’s Skid Row Florists and the heart of Audrey, all seems well, but when discovering the truth of Audrey II Altria motive. Can Seymour stop him in time, before losing those he loves?
Although it may not be currently live on the West End, it is a favourite for the amateur companies. But also you can always get the film version on DVD and Blu Ray starring Rick Moranis, and Steve Martin – maybe one for your Halloween musical night in!
Rocky Horror Picture Show
As if I could forget this amazing cult classic? Sadly also not currently playing on the West End Live, and has finished its recent tour, don’t be down hearted because Sing Along viewings of the 1975 film version starring Tim Curry as Frank-N-Furter, and Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff can be seen in many cinemas around the UK.
Straight-laced couple Brad and Janet, are stranded on one stormy night by a flat tyre. They stumble into the castle of transvestite mad scientist Frank N. Furter, and find themselves wrapped up and caught into his bizarre, carnal schemes!
Campy, funny, and twisted, this musical is freaky in a good way! If you haven’t seen it, get on it!
The Spooky Plays:
Opening at the Phoenix Theatre this October in West End. This horror story has hit the stage, the play by John Pielmieier is based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatly, it is part of The Exorcist franchise, focusing its story around a young girl, Regan, who has been subject to demonic possession. In a bid to save her, her mother Chirs seeks out to the church to perform an Exorcism.
I will be honest in saying I have yet to see the film, and pondering as to whether to go and see this play which is playing a limited run up until the 10th March 2018. I know that some of our MTAS members have seen it, with mixed reviews. I am sure this play will get you into the Halloween spirit for sure!
Woman In Black
Currently playing in its 29th year at the Fortune Theatre, the Woman in Black has been making many of us scream, jump, and hide – me being on of them. This play is so powerfully told through 2 talented performers.
The Woman in Black is a thriller play adapted by Stephen Mallatrat from Susan Hill’s novel, its the story of Arthur Kipps who is ‘haunted’ by past events, and wishes to tell it to his family to relieve him from the terror that it has given him throughout the years. He does this through an actor, who guides him on how best to tell the story, and doing so plays Arthur in the story, allowing Arthur to become the many characters it met along the way. We witness the rehearsals of this story of when Arthur Kipps was a young solicitor and was asked to go to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman dressed all in black at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold.
I have seen this play many times, and it never fails to disappoint, or make me jump! Highly recommend it to all of MTAS!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Ok so I know this only applies for those who were lucky to have gotten tickets and or won the lottery. But what’s Halloween without witches and witchcraft? All of which this amazing 2 part play has.
It is JK Rowling’s eighth installment of the Harry Potter Franchise. However, this time it was co- written by Jack Thorne and Jon Tiffany. It is set 19 years after the battle of Hogwarts and the defeat of Lord Voldemort. It is Harry’s children who are off to Hogwarts now with Harry’s youngest son Albus Severus who is struggling with his dad’s famous legacy. This is while Harry himself finds life as a father and ministry employee is harder than it looks. ‘As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.’
So have you had chance to catch any of the above? What’s your go to Halloween Musical/play? Comment below.