WOS Award Nominations Are Open

Nominations for the 19th annual WhatsOnStage Awards are open!

The awards are the only UK theatre awards in which you, the audience, are the judges. You have until 30 November 2018 to nominate your favourite productions for the awards.

So, if Vicky Vox, surrounded by Tom Scutt’s fabulous design, was your Best (drag) Actor then get nominating today…

Nominate via: https://awards.whatsonstage.com/

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Richard Jordan considers Little Shop of Horrors, the musical, in The Stage

 

Producer Richard Jordan caught Little Shop of Horrors here at the Park this summer; in his own words our production, “renewed [his] respect for the musical”.

Read his full article for The Stage via the tweet above.

A Look Back at Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors took place at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from 3 August – 22 September 2018 and was directed by Maria Aberg.

Take a look back at this ‘botanical bloodfest’…

★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
“MONSTROUSLY GOOD FUN”

★★★★★ The Times
“AN ABSOLUTE RIOT”

CREATIVE TEAM
Director – Maria Aberg
Set & Costume Designer – Tom Scutt
Puppet Design – Max Humphries with Tom Scutt
Choreographer – Lizzi Gee
Musical Supervisor – Tom Deering
Lighting Designer – Howard Hudson
Sound Designer – Nick Lidster for Autograph
Musical Director – Cat Beveridge
Season Associate Director (Voice & Text)
– Barbara Houseman
Casting Director – Stuart Burt CDG

THE CAST
Ensemble – Joe Allen
Seymour – Marc Antolin
Ensemble – Josh Baker
Ensemble – Billy Cullum
Ensemble – Julian Hoult
Ensemble – Rosalind James
Chiffon – Renée Lamb
Ensemble – Bobbie Little
Mr Mushnik – Forbes Masson
Ronnette – Christina Modestou
Crystal – Seyi Omooba
Audrey – Jemima Rooper
Ensemble – Helen Siveter
Ensemble – Mary Lynn Tiep
Audrey II – Vicky Vox
Orin – Matt Willis

Video: Graham Michael

The Scottish Sun: Meet the Massons

Forbes Masson, with his wife Melanie, and children Rua and Ramsay. Photo David Jensen

Forbes Masson, with his wife Melanie, and children Rua and Ramsay. Photo David Jensen

Forbes Masson, a ‘droll delight as the kvetching shopowner Mr Mushnik” (The Arts Desk), on his showbiz family, and how fun it is to be working in the West End at the same time as his son Ramsay, “Ramsay is one of the lead parts as the youngest child John and he’s loving it. It’s so nice as we head off to the West End together. I take him to the Young Vic then I go off to Regent’s Park Theatre.”

Read the full interview here.

Costumes, Camp and Colour: Designing Little Shop of Horrors

Marc Antolin and Jemima Rooper as Seymour and Audrey, and Company. Photo Johan Persson

Little Shop of Horrors set and costume designer, Tom Scutt, returns following his Open Air Theatre debut with Jesus Christ Superstar. It was his designs for Superstar, “tricked out with glitter dust and an industrial-looking set” that “contributed to the heard-edged feel of the whole”. “Its rusty cruciform walkway, sets the tone for an evening that may not be subtle but genuinely pulsates with emotion” (The Guardian). During its run at the Lyric Opera of Chicago earlier this year, The Chicago Sun Times confirmed that his “smoke-coloured costumes give the piece a timeless feel, as does his towering, sleek, steel-and-scaffolding set”.

On tackling Little Shop of Horrors, Tom got to thinking about the original 1960’s black and white film by Roger Corman “which had a completely subversive, anarchic quality”.  The musical version by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken has been around for 36 years “and it has slipped into musical theatre history.

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