Reviewed by Jan Mellor
Why do people go to the theatre? To escape their humdrum lives? Dip into another world of fantasy and magic? See a different view on the world? Be entertained with wonderful songs and acting? Listen to enchanting voices? See spectacular stage props and costumes? Be transported with amazing passion and love? Well if any of these resonate with you – the show ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ is one for you to see.
From the opening scene of an ornate French theatre, bejewelled in red velvet, gold thread and mirrors, to the final scene with the two main cast members Albin (John Partridge) and Georges (Adrian Zmed) walk off hugging – this spectacular performance is absolutely stunning. The story of two gay men, Albin – an exotic transvestite performer who plays the main act in a St. Tropez drag club and Georges – a ‘plain and simple’ homosexual, who through all adversity have stayed together (and in love) for 20 years, are now plunged into chaos when Georges’ son Jean-Michael announces that he is going to marry his sweetheart Anne and wants to bring her homophobic parents to meet his family.
The energetic and erotic dancers, the gorgeous costumes, the amazing talents of the whole cast and the wit and humour that is injected throughout the whole performance – especially the interactive set with Albin in full drag costume participating with the orchestra and the audience, which was stupendous, made this performance unique, unrivalled and unmissable. In doing this review I do not want to give too much away as I want you to see this amazing show, listen to the unforgettable score of songs -that include the famous ‘I am what I am’ a hit – made even more famous in the 80’s by Gloria Gaynor and ‘Song on the sand’, ‘Look over there’ and ‘The best of Times’ (sang in a very comical scene in Jacqueline’s restaurant – played by Marti Webb) which left the audience with hearts pumping and tear-ducts filling, as they were sensational.
The voices, intimacy, humour, stage presence and passion from the whole cast was incredible – especially Adrian (Georges) and Samson Ajewole (the butler/maid Jacob) – however, the performance by John Partridge (best known probably from appearing in the soap opera EastEnders) was phenomenal. He completely became the character – injecting in it his own style, panache and humour and had the audience in the palm of his hand. At the end of the show the whole auditorium was on its feet for a never-ending encore of applause, cheering and overwhelmed appreciation. As you can tell, I was completely knocked out by this performance and would encourage anyone who enjoys what going to the theatre means to them – to go and see this show now!
The most amazing spectacular performance I’ve ever seen!
Tickets cost from £30.50 to £49.50 (booking fees may apply).
La Cage Aux Folles is at The Lowry in Manchester from 13-17 June 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000