About the showAfter the tremendous success of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s Olivier Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar, the mean, green monster musical Little Shop of Horrors rounds off the theatre’s 2018 season. A hilarious parody of B-movie horrors, the musical is based on the well-known 1986 film starring Steve Martin.
Receiving its West End premiere in 1983, Little Shop of Horrors was last seen in London in 2006, in an Olivier Award-nominated production at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Sheridan Smith. Over the years, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed multiple tours across the world.
Set in the lowly Skid Row, everyone’s lives are full of broken dreams and dead ends. When floral assistant Seymour picks up a mysterious plant for a killer deal, he believes he’s found the solution to his problems, and a way to get the girl. But as the plant grows and grows, it becomes clear that fame comes at a very costly price.
Based on Roger Corman’s film, which features a screenplay by Charles Griffith, the musical has a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Disney master Alan Menken. With one of musical theatre’s best known scores, show-stoppers including “Skid Row (Downtown)”, “Grow For Me”, “Somewhere That’s Green”, “Feed Me (Git It)” and “Suddenly Seymour”.
Casting includes Marc Antolin (Romantics Anonymous at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) as Seymour, Jemima Rooper (Hand to God) as Audrey, Busted's Matt Willis as Orin, Forbes Masson as Mr Mushnik and Vicky Vox as Audrey II, as well as Renée Lamb, Seyi Omooba and Christina Modestou as Chiffon, Crystal and Ronnette.
Ensemble members are Joe Allen, Josh Baker, Billy Cullum, Julian Hoult, Rosalind James, Bobbie Little, Helen Siveter and Mary Lynn Tiep.
Little Shop of Horror is directed by Maria Aberg (Fantastic Mr Fox), with choreography by Lizzi Gee, design by Tom Scutt, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Nick Lidster for Autograph and musical supervision by Tom Deering.
A botanical bloodfest that is coming alive at the Open Air Theatre, Little Shop of Horrors promises to be the highlight of the theatre’s season. The production plays at the London venue for a strictly limited season from August 10th to September 15th 2018, with previews beginning August 3rd 2018.
Who Should See It?Musical theatre fans will be thrilled by the return of this hilarious musical, which is in the ideal setting of the Open Air Theatre. One of the biggest and best-known musicals of all time, this rarely revived treat should not be missed!
Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for those in secondary school and above, due to themes of violence. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted into the theatre.