Nerdy orphan Seymour works in Mr Mushnik’s run-down florist shop, along with girl of his dreams Audrey, who is dating a demented dentist. After a solar eclipse, Seymour discovers a peculiar plant with a bloodthirsty appetite, which he names Audrey II. As his infatuation with the real Audrey grows, so does the plant. The production is directed by Matthew White, whose UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years was at the Menier this past summer, and designed by David Farley, who jointly won this year’s Critics’ Circle Best Design for the Menier’s Sunday in the Park with George, which transferred to the West End.
First night critics loved the schlock B-movie qualities of the musical, and were extremely impressed with the cast. They said although the “camp knowingness” and some of the tunes wear thin, Little Shop of Horrors is a great Christmas alternative to pantomime.
- by Caroline Ansdell