Review: The Addams Family musical at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre

Crazy, comical, creatively brilliant - the swansong of a director has put a big smile on the faces of theatre fans.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:15 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 9:17 am
The Addams Family: The Musical at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre.
The Addams Family: The Musical at Chesterfield's Pomegranate Theatre.

With nearly 30 musicals to her credit, Dot Clarke’s show was a first and a last at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate.

It was the first time that The Addams Family had been staged at the theatre and the last show to be directed by Dot for Inspirations Theatre Company which she founded 17 years ago.

The cast did her proud with an hilarious take on America’s darkest, most dysfunctional family.

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Richard Buxton shone as Gomez with singing to die for and Nicola Smith was ideally suited as Morticia who led her hubby a merry dance.

Mattilde Stokes and Liam Jackson brought great acting and singing to the roles of the couple’s scheming kids, Wednesday and Pugsley.

Ray Hall won hearts as pot-bellied Fester and his ballad The Moon & Me was a vocal hightlight.

Evan Mason played the role of Wednesday’s nerdy boyfriend perfectly and Chloe Worstenholme excelled in character acting as his mum, turning from polite and prim guest into the harpy from hell.

A notley assortment of weird ancestors added to the delighfully mad clan, including two-headed Hilda, a hunchback and a ballerina.

The cast sang their hearts out, danced up a storm and were a credit to musical director Melanie Gilbert and choreographer Jessica Spanier.

Projected images included the shadow of a severed hand flitting across the stage, a spider crawling along the backdrop and Fester’s face in the moon.

The Addams Family - The Musical was a collaboration between Inspirations and Directions Theatre Arts and was performed at the Pomegranate for two nights.