A bit like The Day of the Triffids, but for kids, this ghoulish sci-fi musical spoof from the 1950s centers around a man-eating plant with world domination on its mind. Discovered by Seymour Krelborn, a downtrodden florist’s assistant helplessly in love with his colleague Audrey, the plant goes on to gain power and slowly devour the cast in a production punctuated by comic rock and roll musical interludes. A “gory, scary, glitter and sequins treat,” according to rising star director Derek Bond, The Little Shop of Horrors’ macabre absurdity and brilliant score (written by composer Alan Menken of Walt Disney fame) looks set to be a hit at the Royal Exchange.

Fri 5 Dec 2014 – Sat 17 Jan 2015, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, M2 7DH. Tel: 0161 833 9833. Times vary, from around £7.25, www.royalexchange.co.uk

Fri 5 Dec - Sat 31 Jan
Polly Checkland Harding
Published on:
Wed 7 Jan 2015