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Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Addams Family at The Mayflower Southampton

Attending the theatre is something I really enjoy doing, so when the opportunity arose to go and watch The Addams Family at The Mayflower Southampton with the SotonBloggers, I understandably jumped at the chance. With an incredible cast list and some amazing reviews, I had high hopes and I was not disappointed.

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton

With a cast including Samantha Womack, Les Dennis and Carrie Hope Fletcher, all dab hands when it comes to theatre, there was no question that this performance was going to be a good one. Samantha Womack, better known for her role as Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders, takes on the role of Morticia Addams. A slight difference from her soap character, there were times I forgot the role she had previously played. Aside from her well-known role in the popular soap, Samantha's stage credits include roles in South Pacific, Betrayal and Guys & Dolls, opposite Patrick Swayze. She was really good - I was thoroughly impressed.

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton
The star of the show in my eyes, though, had to be Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday Addams. At just 24 years old, Carrie's theatre credits are truly impressive. In recent years, Carrie has played leading roles in War of the Worlds, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables. When I saw that she would be starring in this adaptation of The Addams Family, I knew we'd be in for a treat. I already knew that her vocals were impressive from her YouTube videos, but hearing them in person was amazing! She also captured the character of Wednesday perfectly, in my eyes, portraying her character's teenage angst really convincingly.

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton
The set design was incredible! As soon as the curtain was raised, I was instantly immersed in the world of The Addams Family. It had a gothic feel, and was exactly what you'd expect from a production of The Addams Family, but wasn't harsh or uninviting. It was really well done, and really added to the whole effect of the production!

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton
Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the show and was really impressed. I'd never seen the film so wasn't sure what to expect, but I had a great evening. A big thank you, as always, to The Mayflower Southampton and the SotonBloggers for inviting me along to see the latest production. I'd really recommend looking into seeing this before it leaves - you can buy tickets via the Mayflower website here or via the Box Office by phone on 02380 711811. The Addams Family will be at The Mayflower until Saturday 29th July - if you can catch a performance, I'd really recommend it!

Photo courtesy of Mayflower Southampton

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