Date 22nd February 2022
Society Central Musical Theatre Company
Venue The DuchessTheatre, Long Eaton
Type of Production Musical
Director Nigel Taylor
Musical Director Nigel Taylor
Choreographer Abbi Burns
Conductor Morris Fisher
Written By Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics), Book by George Furth


Author: Keith Scott-Savage

 What a way for Central to celebrate 90 years of performance than this top drawer production of probably one of the best of Stephen Sondheim`s musicals.  With this stunning piece of musical theatre, quality and class oozed in every aspect.

 On the occasion of his 35th birthday, Robert, a confirmed bachelor, was being given all types of encouragement on the benefits, or not, of marriage by his married friends.   Tom Stanley gave a superb performance as Robert, with an excellent display both vocally and in character.

 A series of cameo scenes tell the story of the lives of the various characters throughout the show.   Dave Partridge and Alison Hope, as Harry and Sarah, gave a wonderful start to the piece, confident in every way.  They both were a class act, their hilarious Kung-Fu antics being delivered with brilliant timing.

 Gary Heap and Abbi Burns, as David and Jenny gave excellent portrayals, along with Craig Arme and Rachael Wyatt as Paul and Amy.  I particularly liked the trio of Rachael Louisa Bray as April, Sarah Towle  as Marta and Becky Pearcy as Kathy.  Sarah`s rendition of `Another Hundred People`, and Rachael`s `Barcelona` with Tom, were a sheer joy to behold.  Other top class contributions came from Dean Osborn as Peter and Helen Oldham as Susan, and last but not least Adrian Redfern as Larry with Lorna Kirkland as Joanne, who revealed what `Ladies Who Lunch` do.

 The back projection was excellent, complementing the minimal set.  With the backing of a super band, all in all this has to be one of the company’s best productions, here’s to another 90 years.