There’s a special place in my heart for the Addams Family. After loving the 1960s TV series, movies and overall concept of this macabre family, I was thrilled to get press tickets to the opening night of their Truro appearance. Running from the 20th June-24th in Truro’s Hall for Cornwall before moving up to Nottingham, it’s a short but sweet slot to see one of the wackiest family.
Without giving too much away about the plot, we follow as the ultimate princess of darkness Wednesday Addams has grown and is hiding a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s in love! And not with the traditional ghoul or vamp that is expected of her, but somebody far more sweet and, dare I say it, normal!
But when both of the families are pushed together to enjoy a getting-to-know-dinner, secrets are revealed and chaos ensues.
With this being the UK premiere of this beloved Broadway arrangement, there was great anticipation towards the cast and how it was being staged. And I can say it was brilliantly pulled off. I’ve seen a lot of West End shows – both in London and touring productions, so I always know what to watch out for. But with this performance, all of the musical numbers were high energy and full of humour and quality. The storyline was intriguing, and the chemistry between the cast was electric.
Cameron Blakely’s Gomez had all the suave and humour that we love of the original character, and with the beautifully talented Samantha Womack’s Morticia, it really reaffirmed how much we love this duo and their undying passion for each other. West End performer Carrie Hope Fletcher belted her songs out with ease, and her sizzling chemistry with the adorable Oliver Ormson made the whole audience ‘Aww’ at their cuteness. And with crowd favourite’s Les Dennis – who brought the sheer hilarity of Fester Addams to life, and his breaking of the fourth wall helped break up the narrative of the show – and the perfectly cast Dickon Gough’s Lurch, there wasn’t a weak singer or actor throughout. I wish I could give kudos to each actor and singer that performed in this show, but honestly, my list would just go on.
Also, what did impress this reviewer was the believability of the American accents that came out. A hard thing to learn, I’m sure. So well done for that.
But if you’re looking for a light-hearted romp that will make you fall back in love with this fantastically cooky family and their adventures, get yourself down to the Hall for Cornwall this week! Availability is low – so book as soon as you can.
Check out the Hall for Cornwall’s website for prices and times – or ring 01872 262466