Thursday, 18 October 2018

Progress’ stamp on little shop

MOST people may know the musical Little Shop Of Horrors from the film version starring Steve Martin, but a new

MOST people may know the musical Little Shop Of Horrors from the film version starring Steve Martin, but a new production by Reading’s Progress Theatre aims to break free of Hollywood’s all-pervading influence.

Director Geoff Dallimore said: “I want to get away from some of the clichés that dominate most productions due to the influence of the film.

“Progress is known for producing strong plays and making daring, creative decisions and Little Shop promises to continue that tradition.

“The humour and dazzling music will still delight newcomers to the show, while fans will be able to enjoy it all over again in this fresh interpretation.”

Written in 1982, Little Shop Of Horrors is the story of New York slum kid, Seymour, who finds a strange plant promising him miraculous success in return for his blood. Songs in the musical include Skid Row and Suddenly Seymour. Its writers, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, went on to write music for Disney, working on films such as Beauty And The Beast and The Little Mermaid.

le_SHrSLittle Shop Of Horrors is at the Progress Theatre, Reading from April 18 to 27. Box office 0118 960 6060 or www.readingarts.com

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