13-17 September 2016
Reviewed by Nicola Wilkinson
Last night we were at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth watching the very well-known stage production of The Sound of Music. On arrival I quickly found a parking space in the carpark next to the theatre which is a 2 minute walk from the theatre. As I found our seats, the orchestra were settling into the pit and there was a definite sense of excitement in the audience.
From the opening scenes, it captured inside the beautiful architecture of the Abbey to the closing vision of the Von Trapp family escaping to safety across the mountains it was brilliant.
I don’t want to give too much away as I’d really recommend you watch it but The Sound of Music is based on a true story about the world-famous singing family, from their romantic beginnings and search for happiness, to their escape to freedom at the start of WWII.
Every song is a classic, which if you know the film you will always remember. The songs in this production were all sang crystal clear with perfection and lived up to the high standard of the original film.
The two main Charters are Maria and Captain Von Trapp they were played by Lucy O’Byrne & Andrew Lancel. Lucy who was a runner up in TV’s The Voice, was a perfect Maria (I really don’t think you would get anyone else so well suited for the role) she had a fantastic voice and was very similar in looks to Julie Andrews, who famously played Maria in the film version. If you were to close your eyes you would have thought you were listening to Julie Andrews, Lucy was truly amazing. Andrew Lancel, who I know as DI Neil Manson in the Bill or his best known role as Frank Foster in Coronation Street, performance of Edelweiss towards the end of the show was very moving and showed his love for his family.
The seven children worked really well together again with clear voices so everyone could hear every word they said or sang. They were all a credit to the production.
The attention to detail on everything from the men’s suits through to the gorgeous dresses really set the scene for the correct year.
Since coming home I haven’t been able to stop humming and singing “How Do We Solve a Problem Like Maria” and “Do-Re-Me” my little girl thinks I’ve gone mad!
My only warning would be is that act 1 is very long being an hour and a half. Something to think of if planning on taking young children.
I would love to watch this production again and again and would highly recommend everyone to watch it.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £38.50 (booking fees may apply).
The Sound of Music is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth until 17 September 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01752 267222.
Theatre Royal Plymouth, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR | 01752 267222