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    The Witches of Eastwick – Reviewed….

     Posted in Reviewed & The Arts at 23:30 on Monday, April 6th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    The much anticipated UK tour of The Witches of Eastwick opened at Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre this evening; and to say there wasn’t anticipation over this production would be an understatement.  The air of excitement filling the auditorium was palpable; I got the feeling that the cast was the reason the excitement prevailed.

    Marti Pellow playing the devil being the reason that almost ninety percent of the audience were former Wet, Wet, Wet fans.  The show opened in standard expectation with the overture leading us into sound problems; the mix was off and the actress on stage could not be heard.  The cheap American accents added to the inaudability of the actors, it seems to be that the show was either under rehearsed or just not rehearsed this can be said of Pellow at least.  The supporting cast was able to carry the dancing and high movement light entertainment which Witches provides.

    The dancers were good, the sets were good, the lighting was good; the show was average at best.  Not for a moment were you transported by Pellows’ performance; at one point it was impossible to understand him as his accent wavered from deep south American to deep north Glasgow.  His sexual movements allowed his fans to shout, woop and whistle but for the average theatre goer did nothing but put them off.

    It comes to something to hear a sound technician speak during a show confessing his dislike of the production in three simple words:

    “This is shit”

    My sentiments exactly.  Witches is weak the story line is poor and Pellow is foolish in his role.  Wincing while watching a show isn’t something I like to do during a performance but this was the only way to cope with his outlandish and boring performance.  It really was embarrassing to watch.

    Verdict: If you like Marti Pellow and a bit of music then it’s worth seeing.  However, if you’re an avid theatre lover don’t bother, it’s a waste of three hours and rarely raises a smile.

    The Witches of Eastwick is on all this week at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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