Reviewed by Louise Styles
The Wedding Singer has arrived at the High Wycombe Swan with a blast of 80s fashion, flair and music. Running from 11th to 15th July, this musical comedy will be sure to have you laughing and dancing in your seats.
Based on the 90s hit film of the same name starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler this was a thoroughly feel good night out. Set in 1985, and with all the lace leggings, bomber jackets and big hair you can throw at it, the story follows Robbie Hart and his journey from jilted Wedding Singer to happily married.
The leads are played by Jon Robyns and Cassie Compton, both of whom have extensive theatre credits and did a stellar job of mixing comedy, seriousness and singing to tell their story. This production stars Ray Quinn as a rich wall street playboy, Ruth Madoc of Hi-de-hi fame as Robbie’s grandmother and X-factor finalist Lucie Jones as Holly the waitress. Special mention goes out to Mark Pearce who as part of the ensemble is in almost every scene as a new character and who must have the biggest wardrobe backstage to compensate for it!
The show is pretty fast moving with lots of group scenes and some great use of scene changes to keep the story flowing. The songs are very funny and go hand in hand with the comedy timing and humor littered throughout the performance.
The theatre itself is perfectly situated directly adjacent to a multistory carpark so it didn’t matter that it was absolutely pouring down as we walked straight inside. Within the theatre there are both bars and toilets on the lower entrance level and the circle level and waits for both were minimal.
If you get the chance to go and see this show you definitely should!
Tickets cost from £26 to £41 (booking fees may apply).
The Weding Singer is at the Wycombe Swan from 11-15 July 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk or call the box office on 01494 512 000.
Wycombe Swan, St. Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE | 01494 512 000