A Shiny Life For Me!

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The Witches

The Witches
13 December 2023
National Theatre
5.0 out of 5.0 stars

We’ve all been waiting for this one, haven’t we! Finally The Witches is getting a proper musical makeover. But was it worth the wait? And does it live up to the hype?

Yes, yes, and double yes! This musical is an absolute stunner. Fantastic entertainment from the first minute to the last, bright and gaudy, loud and hilarious, and stuffed to the brim with outstanding talent!

The story starts with a bang, with A Note About Witches, sung by an ensemble of women dressed in everyday clothes with cardigans and gloves, letting the viewer know that they need to forget everything they think they know about witches, they don’t wear pointy hats or fly on broomsticks, they look like everyday women and are certainly the most powerful creatures on earth.

The stage dressing is so whimsical and storybook-ish, it’s a feast for the eyes. The story is told lovingly, with minor adjustments for the stage, and enhanced with a flurry of upbeat songs that really suit the story so well. While there are of course some scary moments, they’re all dressed in so much adorableness, this show will be a hit with children and adults alike.

While the entire cast does a stellar job, I was absolutely floored by the performance of William Skinner as Bruno, this kid is a powerhouse of musical theatre and I couldn’t believe that this show is his professional debut. He fully embodied the character of the spoiled but incredibly charming little boy who would do anything for a bar of chocolate, taking up the entire stage with ease and keeping the audience spellbound. Make a note of the name, we’ll surely see him dominating the West End in a matter of years.

Definitely DO NOT miss this run. It’s the best new musical since Back To The Future debuted a few years back. A delight for all the senses.

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