The Witches of Eastwick

Date 5th November 2015
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Courtyard, Hereford
Type of Production Musical
Director Richard Thomas
Musical Director Jenni Axtell
Choreographer Sarah-Jane Mathews

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Author: Louise Hickey MBE

This was a bold and courageous production from HMTC. I was very impressed by the 3 ladies who found themselves under the influence of the devil played exceptionally well by Richard Davies. Richard’s interpretation of Darryl Van Horne was energetic, dynamic and very sexy: it was nice to see him so relaxed in a role which was not easy but one he seemed to absolutely relish. Trudy Connolly as Alexandra was incredibly brave to remove nearly all her cloths as were Sarah Rowberry as Jane Smart and Emily Saunders as Sukie Rougemont. But for me, it was the harmonies that the three attained during their musical numbers that was truly outstanding; they were perfectly cast and gave wonderful performances. I have been waiting for a while now to see these ladies to be given the opportunity of more demanding and challenging roles and so I was delighted that they were the three witches.

Clare Martin played Felicia Gabriel brilliantly and was very ably supported by her ‘hard done by’ husband Clyde and played really well by Paul Morris.  Elliott Gooch was an amazing Michael Spofford and remained in character throughout. Sam Stokes was great as Jennifer Gabriel and her transformation from sweet young thing to Darryl’s latest victim was quite something. Charlotte Noble gave a very good performance as the little girl and Andy Wynn-Mackenzie was hysterical as Fidel.

As for the remaining cast, of which there were many, they had a blast and it was obvious that they loved every moment of this raunchy, explosive and at times bawdy show.

This well-directed production was full on from start to finish and the choreography was frenetic, intense and atmospheric throughout; a really great show. The special effects and lighting was fantastic and the sound was brilliant; the additional use of head mics worked really well.  Thank you HMTC for a very enjoyable evening.