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Reviews of Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre

4th July 2024

By popular request this was the second visit by the Theatre Group to this production. I didn’t go the first time so when I heard so many good reports of it I was pleased to get the opportunity on this occasion. Having read Belinda Price’s review of the first trip (she was also there this time) I think it was probably equally as good in spite of changes in the cast. Adelaide was this time played by Timmika Ramsay but still the undoubtedly outstanding star of an excellent ensemble. I don’t think I need say more about the show itself as the fact people wanted to go again says it all. It seems to be becoming popular for new theatres to have the stage in the middle which works surprisingly well and as mentioned by Belinda, in this show some of the audience were actually standing on the stage, cleverly ushered this way and that by ‘police’ so as not to impede the performers and parts of the stage rising up and down!

Contributed by Pat Ward

 PS  This year we had even more interesting seats in the front rows of the stalls where we could watch really closely all the comings and goings of those involved in moving equipment and people. Online these are advertised as £150 to £180. Our seats were £40.
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Guys and Dolls at The Bridge Theatre on 3 August 2023

The story of Guys and Dolls is I hope well known. I saw the amazing NT production many years ago, so I came to the Bridge Theatre with both great expectations and some trepidation. When I saw the theatre in the round with people milling around in the middle I feared the worst. This would be a trendy (and possibly unwelcome) take on an old favourite. How wrong I was. From the moment a stage rose up amongst the crowd I was gripped by the inventiveness of Nicholas Hyntner's colourful production. There were the same songs and story but an entirely different experience. No-one could ever surpass Imelda Staunton's Adelaide in the original production but Marisha Wallace gave her all to rapturous applause. Arlene Phillips worked miracles with the choreography on small stages especially with the vivacious Hot Box Girls. Crowds surrounding the stages were directed by “police". In one showstopping scene in Havana the crowd held aloft glitter sticks to add to the atmosphere. This time it was a gay bar and the men danced together. Another big set piece “Sit down you're Rocking the Boat" did not disappoint and after nearly three action packed hours we left feeling very good and with some thinking we might book again. It ends in February 2024. And good news for women that, for the first time visiting any theatre in the interval, there was barely a queue for the toilets as there were plenty provided in this modern theatre. 

Contributed by Belinda Price

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