Theatre Review: Moby Dick! The Musical - Bridewell Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Moby Dick! The Musical
Bridewell Theatre

Review by Unsa Chaudri

I have always wanted to read Moby Dick, but can never seem to find the time. So when the opportunity to see a musical based on it arose, I was eager to give it a go.
I arrived at Blackfriars station and walked the few minutes to Bridewell Theatre. I was pleasantly surprised by the theatre, it wasn't the usual small theatre I have come to know but instead an inviting space, with friendly staff. I chose my own seat and was ready for the show to begin.

The show started with the Caretaker, Robert Ingham, complaining about the students at St Godley's, an all girls school, somewhat synonymous of St Trinians, which becomes more apparent as the show goes on. We are introduced to the students, all of whom fulfill the stereotypes, a beautiful popular girl, her entourage, the socially awkward one, the clever ones, the 'weird' ones but there are also a few surprises, such as the men in skirts... The headmistress, brilliantly performed by Rob Dorey, is a prime example of the cross dressing cast.

Soon we hear of the potential fate that could befall upon St Godley's - closure. In order to save the school, one of the pupils, Cynthia Fiendly-Muff (Kaytie Lee) comes up with an idea to put on a musical adaptation of Moby Dick, cue random props and lots of fun.

Although this is amateur theatre, I really enjoyed the performance. It was fun, light and full of surprises, exactly what you need on a weekday evening. The cast worked well together and seemed to understand each other. They all put on a great performance but for me two stood out. I thought Hannah Gibson was well cast as Queequeg. She was funny, made great expressions and was simply a joy to watch. Emma Walton, cast as Esta, was very dramatic, a true damsel and her voice was probably the most powerful.

I would recommend the show to anyone who is up for a fun, light hearted evening. Look out for the 3D glasses, flying objects and Lewis Swimington's The Rachel.

4 stars ✭✭✭✭

Moby Dick! The Musical
Venue: Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ
Dates: Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd June 2013
Times: 7.30pm Tue - Sat with Sat matinee 2.30pm 
Tickets: £15 / Concessions £12.50 (Under 16/Over 60)
All tickets are subject to an online booking fee of 10%
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