REVIEW: The Addams Family at The Alexandra

The Addams Family is in town for five days only and, full disclosure, it’ll knock your socks off.

AD: Press night / gifted tickets

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It would be incredibly difficult to find someone who hadn’t come across The Addams Family. A family favourite for many years, parents and children alike have grown up watching the kooky spooky family on the big screen, but would the stage production live up to expectations? 

This is the second time I’ve seen The Addam’s Family; in the first instance, I was blown away by an incredibly fun show with a stellar cast including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Oliver Ormson and Cameron Blakely. Full disclosure, last night’s opening performance at The Alexandra certainly didn’t disappoint. 

Kingsley Morton as Wednesday Addams & Cameron Blakely as Gomez Addams. Credit Pamela Raith

The Addams Family is one of those shows that’s almost impossible not to love. Its music is catchy, and the set is ghoulish and cleverly designed, meaning it truly immerses you into the Addams Family home. 

In the latest tale, Wednesday (Kingsley Morton) has grown up and has fallen in love with Lucas (Ahmed Hamad), but when she tells her father Gomez (Cameron Blakely) that she’s engaged and wants to keep it a secret from her mother Morticia (Joanne Clifton), things begin to take a dark turn for the kookiest family in town.

There’s no doubt in my mind that this is one of the strongest touring shows in the country right now, and that’s truly down to the cast and creatives. 

Fresh out of Arts Ed London, Kingsley Morton is outstanding as Wednesday. Following on from Carrie Hope Fletcher, who performed the role back in 2017, Kingsley makes no two ways in putting her own stamp with on it with unbelievable vocals that are worth buying a ticket alone for. 

The cast of The Addams Family. Credit Pamela Raith

Joanne Clifton also fits the bill perfectly as Morticia. From her walk to her talk and her singing, she really is a triple threat and a great addition to the cast. Her deadpan humour gets plenty of laughs from the audience and of course, her tango scene with Cameron Blakely is a notable section.

Also, I need to take a moment here to talk about Scott Paige, who, in my opinion absolutely stole the show as Uncle Fester.

Paige was in the original cast when Addam’s last visited Birmingham, but didn’t get the chance to showcase what an absolute talent he is. His comedic timing is impeccable making him an absolute joy to watch any time he takes to the stage. 

Scott Paige as Uncle Fester with the ensemble of The Addams Family. Credit Pamela Raith

I could sit and write for a very long time about how much I utterly adore every element of this show. It’s absolutely jam-packed with laugh out loud moments – Full Disclosure is a personal highlight – but also has sprinkles of severity that show a new side to this family that we haven’t seen much of before.

It’s a bit of a head-scratcher as to why it hasn’t managed to bag a run in the West End. Not only does it deserve it, but you can guarantee that audiences across the country would be more than happy to spend a couple of hours back in the theatre supporting an industry that’s been left bruised and battered over the last two years. 

A fantastic show that hits all the notes, ticks all the boxes – whichever phrase you want to use, The Addam’s Family musical is an absolute must-see for any age, it’s a theatrical masterpiece that I’m sure will be around and continuing to make a mark for many years to come. 

The Addam’s Family runs at The Alexandra until Saturday, January 22. Click here for more details and to book tickets. 

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