Review: Menopause the Musical at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre

Cheryl Fergison, Lnda Nolan, Ruth Berkley and Rebecca Wheatley in Menopause the Musical.
Cheryl Fergison, Lnda Nolan, Ruth Berkley and Rebecca Wheatley in Menopause the Musical.

It felt like a middle-aged hen party - hundreds of women having a great time, shrieking with laughter at suggestive comments and improbable situations.

A standing ovation from a sell-out audience at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre last night (Friday, May 27) proved that Menopause the Musical had really hit the mark.

The crowd loved every toe-curling mention of hot sweats, damp patches and uncontrollable bladders, the send-up of Tina Turner and Sonny and Cher and the 20-plus hit songs whose lyrics were amended to suit the theme of the show.

Cheryl Fergison of EastEnders fame played Earth Mother, sweaty and from the country; Linda Nolan was the Soap Star from Hollydale Street with a toyboy lover; Rebecca Wheatley from Casualty was cast as straitlaced, nervy housewife and Ruth Berkeley shone in the role of Power Woman, driven and dressed in a masculine-looking suit.

While the three star names may have brought the punters in, it was Ruth who had the best scenes in the show which was set in a department store. Her awesome singing reached its peak in a burst of opera in The Great Pretender while her imitation of Tina Turner brought the house down.

The only turn-off was the in-your-face advertising for the show’s sponsor, which was broadcast on a large monitor screen on stage at the start of the show.