It’s 1922, in the Bavarian village of Walpurgistorf, and an unsuspecting British family head for Professor Steiner’s castle for what they hope will be an uneventful holiday. But this musical comedy is set under a full moon and chaos is beckoning, as werewolves get closer, and random characters burst into song. This is why there’s never a dull moment in Sasha Regan’s The Curse of the Werewolf. Soon midnight forest chases and random severed hands are appearing.
Director Andrew Lynford coaxes a high- energy performance out of his cast. Daniel Brocklebank (who brilliantly played the manipulative Martin Taylor in The Hole) gives serious brooding charm and an almost impossible to understand accent throughout. There is also solid support from Hugh Futcher from 42nd Street, the Carry On films and 101 Dalmations, Alexis Caley from Chicago and Kirstie Senior from EastEnders and Birds of a Feather.
Although the cast does sometimes struggle to be heard over the rumble of the trains above the theatre, the high spirited theatrics (with some added pantomime towards the end) carry this play with wit and charm – the fantasy iceskating scenes have to be seen to be believed.
It’s an all-singing, all-dancing, all-howling and all-iceskating extravaganza.
- Nina Romain
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