Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
Having grown up listening to the Rolling Stones, me and my husband were keen to see The Rolling Stones Story and set off to The Hawth in Crawley with high expectations. The story of “the world’s greatest rock and roll band” promised to be a fun filled evening featuring great music and packed full of their greatest hits.
On arrival the auditorium was buzzing and we soon settled in our seats raring to go. The set design was simple, featuring just the instruments set out, including a large selection of guitars, 60’s London Union Jack style flyers adorning the stage and a large white screen behind were the promises of things to come.
The show starts with footage from their first gig at the Marquee Club in 1962 projected onto the large white screen during which the musicians enter followed by Mick Jagger (Paul Ashworth). Paul is a fantastic Jagger look-a-like, and struts on stage with the mannerisms and dance moves we know so well quickly bringing The Rolling Stones Story to life. They soon start belting out all the classics in date order whilst news stories and old clips show on the screen behind. There is then five minutes of reflection as backing singer, Rebecca Thorn, sings a beautiful tribute to Brian Jones. Her voice is crystal clear and you can hear a pin drop as the audience listens silently. The following hits such as Wild Horses and Ruby Tuesday come nonstop with only a small amount of audience interaction, and although you cannot fault the performance of the musicians the first half seems a little lacking oomph.
Come the second half, the group come back with copious amounts of energy and the audience feed off it. Clapping and dancing their way to the encore whilst the band are belting out classics like Gimme Shelter, You Can’t always Get What You Want and Jumping Jack Flash gives the show the ultimate feel good factor. Ending the evening with Can’t get no Satisfaction, Painted Black & Brown Sugar the show culminates on a real high.
Paul Ashworth is a great Jagger, not always the strongest of vocals but his character, mannerisms and enthusiasm more than make up for it. The musicians in the band were just brilliant, some of the best I have seen, with a great mellow sound and fantastic guitar playing by James Stead (Ronnie Wood), Adrian Pounce (Keith Richards), Laurence Whiteley (Mick Taylor) and Timothy Farmer (Bill Wyman). Drummer Joe Slythe (Charlie Watts) completes the ensemble and together they produce a very credible Rolling Stones sound.
We saw this production at The Hawth in Crawley which is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking. The bar area is comfortable and relaxing and well stocked with drinks, snacks and high quality ice creams, so If you love the music of The Rolling Stones Check out their tour dates via www.rollingstonesstory.com. The Rolling Stones story comes highly recommended, great music and plenty of energy make for an extremely enjoyable night out.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636