Avenue Q (Tour - Oxford)
I am a fan of the piece – it is witty, intelligent, touching and full of rude bits! The music and lyrics fit the adult Sesame Street feel perfectly and it is a good night out in the theatre.
In many ways, it is surprising that it has taken so long to reach Oxford – a city with the greatest percentage of students in the UK. Certainly the audience for Avenue Q has a lower average age than almost any other show I have seen in this city. The production itself is almost at risk of being lost in the cavernous space of the New Theatre – but luckily the performances are big enough to carry it through.
It is a small but talented cast – with Chris Thatcher stealing the show as Nicky and Trekkie, his experience with the production over many years shines through. Sam Lupton does a fine job as Princeton/Rod as does Katharine Moraz as Kate/Lucy.
It is a good production of a great little musical – not, perhaps, as perfect as when I saw it in London – but certainly one of the best tours out there at the moment.