For the first time in over 20 years the classic rock musical Little Shop of Horrors will be back on a London stage.
Featuring a hugely innovative reworking of the legendary plant by industry pioneers ARTEM along with a cast that includes Jasper Britton, Sheridan Smith, Paul Keating, Barry James and Mike McShane as the voice of the plant, the show promises to be one of the most sought after tickets in town this Christmas.
Down and out Skid Row floral assistant Seymour becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon "Audrey II" grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore offering him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite but as Audrey II's hungry demands increase, all that Seymour holds dear is threatened as the plant's sinister agenda for global domination is revealed.
One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a house-hold name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. This prolific duo redefined the animated musical film genre with Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin.
The cast for the production features Sheridan Smith in the role of Audrey. Sheridan is best known for her television work, most notably as regular characters in the long running BBC hits Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and The Royle Family. She will be joined by Paul Keating in the role of Seymour. Paul was recently seen playing the lead in Closer to Heaven, in Don Carlos and played the title role in the West End version of Tommy. The role of the Dentist will be played by RSC and National Theatre stalwart Jasper Britton in only his second appearance in a musical. Barry James plays the role of Mushnik, he was the original Seymour in the 1986 West End staging at the Comedy Theatre. The voice of the plant is performed by, Whose Line Is It Anyway regular Mike McShane and the plant is operated by puppeteer Andy Heath. Other roles are played by Matthew Eames, Katie Kerr, Jenny Fitzpatrick Corrie Mack and Melitsa Nicola.
The creative team features Matthew White directing, David Farley designing (award winning designer of Sunday in the Park with George) with lighting design by Paul, musical supervision by Caroline Humphris and choreography by Lynne Page. The show is produced for Chocolate Factory Productions by David Babani.