What The Addams Family UK Tour say about themselves.
Everyone’s favourite kooky family are now on stage in the UK premier of this spectacular musical comedy, from the writer of multi-award winning hit musical Jersey Boys, with music and lyrics by Tony award nominated Andrew Lippa.
Starring Samantha Womack as Morticia, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday, Cameron Blakely as Gomez, and Les Dennis as Uncle Fester.
Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness is all grown up and has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret until the two families meet for a fateful dinner with hilarious consequences. Join them, plus Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley and more for a heart-warming story of love, family and friendship, With a twist! Featuring a live orchestra and extraordinary original score.
The Addams Family is sure to entertain whether you’re seven, or three hundred and seven.
What happened when I went to watch The Addams Family UK Tour.
Once we had arrived in Bradford, and had wandered around for a little while, we eventually headed to the Alhambra Bradford, which is located next to the old Odeon Bradford on Morley Street in Bradford City Centre.
Once we had walked into the beautiful foyer, we looked around for a couple of minutes and tried to figure out where we were supposed to go, before Jamie eventually found a sign saying stalls with an extremely long queue in front of it. Then after about fifteen minutes of us both queueing, we eventually reached the front where a really nice woman said hi, and took our tickets. We then said hi back, and asked if it would be ok if someone could help us find our seats as neither of us could see very well in the dark. She then said of course, and that there would be an attendant at the end of the corridor to show us to our seats. We then said thanks, and headed down the corridor to try and find the attendant, but unfortunately there wasn’t anyone there, and we had to try and find our seats ourselves with the help of some very nice people who were also there to watch the performance.
Then after we had eventually found our seats, one of the attendants brought the entire theatre to a quiet, and reminded everyone to shut their phones off. We then just sat and chatted for a few minutes, before the show eventually started.
What I thought of the show.
I loved that they opened the show with the classic The Addams Family theme song, as it instantly got the entire audience clapping along.
I absolutely loved everyone’s performance’s, as I thought that they all embodied that kooky dark feeling that you expect from The Addams Family. I also really liked the chemistry between everyone, as I really believed that both Gomez and Morticia loved each other, and that Gomez was incredibly torn whether to keep his daughter’s secret or to tell his wife the truth. I also really liked everyone’s accents, as with the show being set in New York, everyone had to speak with a very thick New York accent, and I thought that all of the cast pulled it off perfectly. The only one that I thought didn’t really pull it off was Uncle Fester, as during the second half of the performance, his accent changed from a nice New York accent to his normal voice every so often.
I absolutely loved all of the songs, but thought that Morticia could have done with a few more, as I would have loved to have heard Samantha Womack sing a little bit more. I did think that both Cameron Blakely and Carrie Hope Fletcher sang brilliantly though, as they really got across the emotions that they were trying to convey.
I also really liked the story of Wednesday introducing her family to her prospective and quite well to do in laws, which as you can probably guess, didn’t go quite to plan, especially with the addition of Morticia’s after dinner entertainment called the game, which is where the family are forced to tell their secrets with some hilarious and saddening consequences.
Another thing that I really liked about the story was that they had included a few quotes from the TV show, including normal is an illusion. What is normal for the Spider is chaos for the Fly, by Morticia, that linked both the TV show and the Theatre show together brilliantly.
Even though it’s called a comedy, it did have a few sad moments in it, including a moment in the second half where Morticia is talking to Pugsley that actually nearly made me cry.
My overall thoughts.
Overall I would have to rate The Addams Family UK Tour, a nine out of ten. I absolutely loved it, and thought that it was a fantastic story that had some extremely funny and sad notes, that other than the slight accent slip from Uncle Fester, was performed brilliantly. The only thing that I didn’t like about it however, was that there were quite a few visual jokes, which with me being visually impaired kind of passed me by, but other than that it’s a fantastic show, and I highly recommend that you catch it whilst you still can.
Then once the show had finally finished, we headed to The Turls Green to get some food before catching our Bus home.
Have you seen The Addams Family UK Tour yet? What did you think of it? Who’s your favourite member of the Addams Family? Please let me know down below.