Reviewed by Catherine Brown
Fans of the 90’s film Ghost will certainly enjoy the stage version, currently at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent. The film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze is recreated by a talented cast who manage to portray the emotional scenes superbly. Tissues are a must have!
The story follows Molly (played on the night we attended by Lauren Drew) and her partner Sam (Andy Moss, well known as Rhys in Hollyoaks) who have recently moved into a Brooklyn apartment. Their relationship is destroyed when Sam is fatally shot during a street robbery. Molly is devastated and turns to their friend, and Sam’s colleague, Carl for comfort. However Sam has become a ghost; unseen by all but desperate to communicate with Molly and protect her from the danger she is in.
This is where the show really comes alive as Sam stumbles upon fake medium Oda Mae played brilliantly by Jacqui Dubois. Much to her dismay, the charlatan is the only person who can hear Sam’s voice. Whoopi Goldberg was awarded an Oscar for her supporting role in the original film and Dubois delivers the same comedy lines which had the audience in fits of laughter. Sam and Oda Mae work together to try to convince Molly of Sam’s love for her and his desire to keep her safe.
The performances of all the cast, both acting and musically, were outstanding. ‘Unchained Melody’ is the most familiar tune which accompanies the famous pottery scene. The tenderness between Sam and Molly when Oda Mae helps them reunite is a real tear-jerker. The staging and special effects also work skilfully to convince you that Sam really can walk through walls or cause objects to move without touching them. The show follows the plot of the film closely which for me made it an even more enjoyable experience.
The Regent Theatre is found in the Hanley area of the city centre with easy access by car or bus. The staff were very welcoming and we enjoyed pre-show drinks in a relaxed atmosphere in the bar.
I would highly recommend watching this show for anyone who enjoyed the film or is new to the story. Just remember to take tissues!
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £48.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Ghost the musical is at the Regent Theatre in Stoke from 20-25 March 2017. For more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/regent-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7649.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 1AP | 0844 871 7649