10-21 November 2015
Reviewed by Sarah-Kate Cantlie
The production of Guys and Dolls has arrived and started its tour at Manchester Palace Theatre for 12 nights. Our seating this evening was located in the stalls, off centre and a few rows down. The stalls are great seats and the view is great from pretty much anywhere, the theatre is clean and tidy, the staff are always exceptionally helpful and always with a smile. The facilities are nice enough and well stocked and maintained with the required amenities.
We went for a drink during the intermission, which was refreshing and the bar area was extremely comfortable, with nicely laid out seating areas and notification of when to return to the show, which was extremely useful, as I hadn’t considered when I might return to my seat!
This is the first time I have seen a production of Guys and Dolls in any shape or form, so it was a completely new story for me. Having read through the production team, I was excited to see that Carlos Acosta in the chorography credits, a world class performer in his own right and I was reliably informed that I was in for a treat with this production from the Chichester Festival Theatre.
The show itself was vibrant and entertaining. The leads in the production played their roles beautifully and Jamie Parker, who plays Sky Masterson, gave a delightful performance and held quite the stage presence throughout. Nicely Nicely Johnson played by Gavin spokes and Benny Southstreet played by Ian Hughes were incredibly funny, they really brought the stage alive, whether it was just the two of them, or the whole cast on performing. There were ripples of laughter throughout all the scenes they performed and they brought humour throughout the production.
The dancing and singing was of the highest calibre as expected and I thoroughly enjoyed the production in full. There a particular scene that lend themselves to a wonderfully extravagant choreographed piece and these opportunities are definitely fully utilised in this performance, such as the crabshooters dance and the soul saving at the mission. I think this is definitely a production that everyone will love, from those that have seen it a thousand times to those of us for whom this would be a first, I recommend it to all, energetic, beautiful choreography with an excellent star cast, it’s difficult to ask for more from a production. This is a well-executed version of the classic Broadway show Guys and Dolls.
Tickets cost from £15 to £44.40 (plus £4 transaction fee).
Guys and Dolls is at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 21 November 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3019.
Palace Theatre, 97 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FT | 0844 871 3019