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Review: The Addams Family, Theatre Royal Norwich



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Strictly’s Joanne Clifton leads a fab cast in this fun musical comedy about the ghoulish American family, the Addams.

She plays a sexy Morticia, the matriarch of the family, and manages to include a tango with her stage husband, Gomez, brilliantly played by Cameron Blakely, to the delight of the dance loving audience.

The show is a high-octane number that doesn’t let up from the get-go. There’s a large, hard working cast who sing and dance their hearts out, with some very witty songs and great little cheeky asides.

Cameron Blakely as Gomez Addams andJoanne Clifton as Morticia Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Pamela Raith (56319594)
Cameron Blakely as Gomez Addams andJoanne Clifton as Morticia Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Pamela Raith (56319594)

It tells of daughter Wednesday (played by Kingsley Morton) and her new boyfriend Lucas (played by Ahmed Hamad) and a meeting between both sets of parents at the Addams’ family creepy Central Park mansion which has some alarming and hysterical consequences.

Poor crossbow carrying Wednesday just wants to be ‘normal’ but fears her family will be too much for Lucas’ super traditional and respectable parents. As you’d expect, there are a few surprises along the way but the ultimate message is that it’s OK to be different.

It’s hard to pick out performers but I loved the strong yet silent towering butler Lurch (played by Ryan Bennett) and uncle Fester (played by Scott Paige) has some of the best lines.

Overall, this is a terrific night out. The set itself is incredible and you soon feel that you are inside the cobwebbed, musty rooms meeting those well known and wonderfully weird family members.

The show continues until Saturday.

Sarah Hardy



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