Little Shop of Horrors publicity shot
Little Shop of Horrors publicity shot

Little Shop of Horrors, produced by the Royal Exchange and staged over the festive season has extended its run and will now play until the end of January.

This 1950s musical sci-fi spoof has a book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, music by Alan Menken and it is based on the film by Roger Corman with a screenplay by Charles Griffith, it is one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.

The action centres on down and out florist's assistant Seymour who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a macabre craving. He is secretly in love with his colleague, Audrey and names the plant Audrey Two in her honour.

Audrey Two has plans that are far greater than Seymour can imagine as it grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore who offers fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite.

The production is directed by Derek Bond, whose recent credits include MIicrocosm (Soho Theatre 2014), Lost In Yonkers (Watford Palace Theatre, 2012) and the award winning Floyd Collins. He said: "Our Little Shop of Horrors will be a gory, scary, glitter and sequins treat for all the family. The Royal Exchange's in the round theatre will be sure to provide a brilliant arena for a musical spectacular this Christmas."

The cast includes Kelly Price, as Audrey, whose previous Royal Exchange credits include That Day We Sang (for which she was nominated for a MTA Award) and Gunnar Cauthery, as Seymour, who makes his first Royal Exchange appearance in this production. The cast also includes James Charlton, Ibinabo Jack, CJ Johnson, Ako Michell, Joelle Moses, Sévan Stephan, Nuno Silva and Ellena Vincent.

The production is designed by James Perkins and the creative team is completed by Richard Howell (lighting design), Richard Brooker (sound design), Toby Olie (puppetry design and direction) and Tim Jackson (musical direction and choreography).

Little Shop of Horrors runs from 5 December - 31 January.