Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sweet Charity review - Sixties once again at Theatre Royal Haymarket

With a name like Charity Hope Valentine, it’s hard to feel dejected and that’s even in the face of obvious rejection one way or another by all the men in her life. A bright, cheery and feisty lady, she was even optimistically defiant in protecting the man of her dreams when she was pushed into the river after that chap made off with her lifesavings.

Sweet+Charity+review+Theatre+Royal+Haymarket+Tamzin+OuthwaiteWell, throw in the fact that she worked as a dance hostess in a dingy bar under a stocky manager affectionately known to the hostesses as Adolf Hitler and having to contend with customers’ fondling every single evening. But Charity (Tamzin Outhwaite) remained certain that one day she would end up with a man she can spend the rest of her life with. Not even the cynicism of her fellow hostesses could put her down. You get the picture.

Loud sixties band music dominated the set. Sweet Charity was all Austin Powers from the start till the end. With flashing lights and flamboyant costumes, I was half expecting Mike Meyers to leap onto the stage with his smothering “Oh, behave!”.

Other than Outhwaite vivacious interpretation of Charity, Mark Umbers who played all the men (oh, yes) in her life was the pillar of the show. The silent hunk, the Italian Casanova, the stuttering accountant – Umbers was all over the place.


Though Charity did put a smile on my face (and I supposed everyone’s as well) throughout the show I couldn’t help but feel that there was a lack of vulnerability in her character. But all in all, Sweet Charity with its Hey, Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm Of Life would be perfect to the evening on a high note. Book your tickets here now.

Theatre Royal Haymarket
18 Suffolk Street
London SW1Y 4HT
Tel: 0845 481 1870

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