Little Shop of Horrors won three WhatsOnStage Awards: Best Musical Revival, Best Set Design (Tom Scutt) and Best Show Poster.
One mean green monster musical !
A botanical bloodfest !!
Like Faust on fertiliser !!!
For the misfits of Skid Row, life is full of broken dreams and dead ends. But there’s hope on the horizon for flower shop assistant, Seymour, when he discovers a mysterious new plant with killer potential. Will his newfound fame and fortune win the attention of kind, sweet, delicate Audrey? Can he finally break free and be happy…whatever the consequences?
Directed by Maria Aberg, IT’S ALIVE at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre…somewhere that’s green!
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Originally produced by the WPA Theatre (Kyle Renick, Producing Director)
Originally produced at the Orpheum Theatre, New York City by the WPA Theatre, David Geffen, Cameron Mackintosh and the Shubert Organization
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors is a spoof musical based on the 1950’s B-movie horror genre. Whilst an affectionate tribute to these movies, the production is likely to be more suitable for secondary school age and over. Further information and synopsis can be found by searching online for 'Little Shop of Horrors (musical)'.
It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their own child. In any event, please note that children under the age of 4 are not permitted to the theatre or theatre grounds for this production.
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Mail on Sunday
“WATCH OUT BOY, SHE'S A MAN-EATER.”
“Out of designer Tom Scutt’s psychedelic, tentacled plant steps Vicky Vox, a fabulous US drag queen. She’s got big lungs, big booty, big heels, and a very big stage presence, absolutely nailing it as this seductively demanding, man-eating diva. MONSTROUSLY GOOD FUN"
"Gloriously succulent and deliciously sinister; exuberantly excessive, and as thrillingly, dangerously seductive as a beribboned bouquet of triffids.
The whole ensemble is terrific. Marc Antolin gives Seymour real guts and frustration, and as his beloved co-worker Audrey, Jemima Rooper is no dumb blonde, but a damaged young woman with a broken heart full of hope."
"AN ABSOLUTE RIOT"
“Inventive sets, wild costumes and a predatory drag-queen flower: what more do you want? There’s exceptional work from choreographer Lizzi Gee and designer Tom Scutt, whose approach to costume is to start with a ton of green glitter and a glue gun, then send out for more.
Matt Willis is nothing short of stupendous and a series of quickfire cameos all reinforce his belting star quality."
"Director Maria Aberg’s production keeps pulling surprises - from Vox’s first appearance to a big finish that stages the apocalyptic climax of the original show as a bonkers showstopper.
The mother of reinvention…you should BEG, STEAL, BORROW or even KILL TO SEE."
"Little Shop of Horrors has never looked quite as exciting or outlandish as it does here in Maria Aberg's dynamic new staging, with inspired, witty designs by Tom Scutt. Lizzi Gee's tense, hyperactive choreography adds to the sense of exhilarating menace
The show vibrates with a sort of grim vitality that delights and alarms.
There is craziness aplenty in Matt Willis' outrageous, magnetic turn as Audrey's unhinged dentist boyfriend, and in Forbes Masson's money-grabbing flower-shop owner, just one facial tic away from Max Bialystock in The Producers."
"THIS IS A HELL OF A SHOW. DO NOT MISS IT"
“US drag sensation Vicky Vox as the human-eating, evil plant Audrey II ramps this up to a five-star show. From the sparkling costumes to the faaaaabulous voice and characterisation, this diva (sorry, plant) didn’t come to play. She came to slay! From the numerous chuckles off stage to an entrance that’d make even Mariah Carey envious, the genius casting of Vicky Vox shows exactly why LGBTQ characters on stage need to happen evermore; diverse in storytelling and audiences’ clear lust for something new."
The New European
"The first sight of Tom Scutt's set for this production is one of the most impressive visions I've seen anywhere in theatreland this year. FUN AND EPIC ON A DELIRIOUS SCALE."
Daily Express Online
"SPECTACULAR…packed with talent, treats and one deliciously enormous surprise.
One of the finest innovations is bringing the trio of Chiffon, Ronnette and Crystal front and centre. Almost never off-stage in this staging, the close harmonies, individual diva riffs and powerhouse personalities of Renée Lamb, Christina Modestou and Seyi Omooba are a joy."
"Riotously fun...a surefire contender for bags of awards come the end of the year. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MISSING THIS SHOW."
"Deliriously campy, and deliciously dark. Major kudos to Maria Aberg (director) and Tom Scutt (designer) for delivering a genuinely fresh take."
"YOU'D BE MAD TO MISS THIS UPLIFTING REVIVAL"
"The production looks and sounds terrific and offers a genuinely bracing new vision of this piece - a mad cross between The Day of the Triffids and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Prowling around in fishnets and skin-tight green spandex and growling out orders to “Feed Me!” from glitter-encrusted lips, Vicky Vox is in complete, voluptuous command – a Mephistopheles who effortlessly exudes a filthy diva-style sense of danger.
Jemima Rooper brings moments of heart-rending dignity to the ditsy Audrey I. I don’t think that I have heard 'Somewhere That’s Green' sung with such simplicity and yearning."
The Arts Desk
"This revelatory revival from Maria Aberg embraces the work’s B-movie dichotomy: equal parts dark, gory fable and riotous carnival of delights. There’s a perfect balance of tones: subversive horticultural horror with a gentle emotional core.
Jemima Rooper’s 'Somewhere That’s Green'…is heart-stopping in its yearning simplicity (and, last night, a real sunset obligingly matched Howard Hudson’s dreamy lighting). Marc Antolin brings a sweet earnestness to Seymour; their romantic duet, 'Suddenly, Seymour', is exquisitely euphoric."
"THE FULL-BLOODED, FEEL-GOOD HIT OF THE SUMMER"
"The defining feature of Maria Aberg’s glitter-ball explosion of a show is how she has encouraged her entire company to perform with presence, swagger and absolute abandon.
Matt Willis is a revelation as sadistic dentist Orin, plastered in tattoos and gleaming with malice".
"A GLEEFUL CELEBRATION OF CAMP AND COLOUR"
"Vicky Vox seduces and menaces in equal parts, as she patrols the stage and demands to be fed, transforming the action from static street scenes to flamboyant spectacle.
The narrators Crystal (Seyi Omooba), Ronnette (Christina Modestou), and Chiffon (Renée Lamb) steal the limelight in nearly every scene."
"CAMP, QUIRKY and SINISTER"
"FIERCE and FABULOUS…American drag queen Vicky Vox stalks the stage in killer heels, rainbow wig and skin-tight sequins, belowing 'Feed Me' in a voice like a Chicago house diva whilst spritzing her bits with plant mister.
Tom Scutt’s costumes for the finale of 'Don’t Feed The Plants' have to be seen to be believed."
"TRIUMPHANT - what an ebullient end to a glorious season.
Jemima Rooper’s perfect for the part (of Audrey) and makes an appealing pair with Marc Antolin’s loveably unassuming Seymour. For the talented Antolin, this is the breakout performance that he has long been promising."
"The finale of 'Don't Feed The Plant' is some of the best fun you will see on stage this summer"
"A BRIGHT, CAMP and HUGELY ENJOYABLE NIGHT OUT"
"Maria Aberg’s production is modern, snappy as a Venus flytrap and boasts more than a little bite. It’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race blended with B-movie grotesque.
Vicky Vox takes over in full, sequinned glory with her seductive voice and filthy cackle. Vox’s powerhouse vocals and withering glare…from her glittered lips, Audrey II’s famous 'Feed me!' catchphrase becomes wonderfully smutty."
- Director – Maria Aberg
- Set & Costume Designer – Tom Scutt
- Puppet Design – Max Humphries with Tom Scutt
- Choreographer – Lizzi Gee
- Musical Supervisor – Tom Deering
- Lighting Designer – Howard Hudson
- Sound Designer – Nick Lidster for Autograph
- Musical Director – Cat Beveridge
- Season Associate Director (Voice & Text) – Barbara Houseman
- Casting Director – Stuart Burt CDG
- Ensemble – Joe Allen
- Seymour – Marc Antolin
- Ensemble – Josh Baker
- Ensemble – Billy Cullum
- Ensemble – Julian Hoult
- Ensemble – Rosalind James
- Chiffon – Renée Lamb
- Ensemble – Bobbie Little
- Mr Mushnik – Forbes Masson
- Ronnette – Christina Modestou
- Crystal – Seyi Omooba
- Audrey – Jemima Rooper
- Ensemble – Helen Siveter
- Ensemble – Mary Lynn Tiep
- Audrey II – Vicky Vox
- Orin – Matt Willis