Little Shop of Horrors - Apollo Theatre
Runs until Saturday, August 6th, 2022 (See all dates)
- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Apollo Theatre, Newport, PO30 1JT
The Mitre Players, based in Croydon, were formed in 1973 and have been going strong ever since (like us, they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary shortly), producing a varied programme of plays and musicals and priding themselves on being one of the leading amateur companies in the south-east. In the late 1980s they spread their wings and began touring in the south of England, notably to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and in 2019 they visited the Apollo Theatre for the first time with their production of ‘Bugsy Malone’. Luckily they enjoyed their time on the Island so much that they decided to return this year.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is set in a decade not too long before our own and tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, an orphan taken in by Mr Mushnik, the owner of a rundown florist on Skid Row. He is secretly in love with the other employee, Audrey, but she is out of his league and seeing a successful dentist (who just happens to be a nitrous oxide-using sadist!). Seymour’s fortunes are turned around when he finds a weird and interesting plant while walking through the wholesale flower district. As long as the plant is growing, so is his success. The only snag is that feeding the plant requires a secret ingredient that’s easy to come by as long as you don’t mind getting your hands dirty!
The show has been nominated for Tonys, Oliviers and Grammys, there’s a hugely successful movie (with a remake on the cards in the next couple of years) and it’s had revival after revival on Broadway and in the West End. This production will owe something to the phenomenal Regent’s Park production from 2018 in style and direction.
We hope anyone who saw their version of ‘Bugsy Malone’ will be eager to return to see their young and very talented cast of 20 who are keen to entertain, a crew of 10 or so working behind the scenes, a live band and a whole team of supporters – husbands, wives, mums, children all excited to visit for a week’s holiday together. They would love your support, so please spread the word and bring all your friends. The cast and crew will (naturally!) be in the bar after the show, so do come and say hello.
All tickets are £14.
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