Tickets and more information: https://www.theprinceofegyptmusical.com/
Booking until: 31st October 2020
Run time: 2hr 40mins
Production photos by: Tristram Kenton
Trigger Warnings: Flashing lights.
Based on the Dreamworks animated film, The Prince of Egypt makes its stage debut here in London for a limited time only. In this bright and lavish production, the show follows Moses as he uncovers his true heritage and flees from his home to free his people. Although I don’t actually know the movie all that well, I found this production to be thoroughly entertaining with fantastic production values.
As soon as you walk into the Dominion Theatre, you’re instantly immersed in this world. An enormous set designed by Kevin Depinet spills out around the stage that is seriously impressive. Most of the scenery is delivered through projections, designed by Jon Driscoll, which are very beautiful and add an extra layer to the world the show is creating. I also felt it to be a nice homage to it’s animated origins too. The costumes by Ann Hould-Ward are sublime, particularly all of the costumes Liam Tamne and Debbie Kurup wear.
In terms of the cast, Luke Brady leads as our protagonist Moses. Utterly charming and with a powerful voice to match, he makes a brilliant Moses. Liam Tamne is excellent as Moses’ brother Ramses, whose character arc I found so interesting and I enjoyed watching this play out through his excellent performance. The massive ensemble are off the charts with their incredible dance performance skills performing Sean Cheesman’s out of this world choreography, which was a true joy to watch. I also must mention Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime who both deliver wonderful performances. Their rendition of When You Believe was stunning and got rapturous applause at the performance I attended.
However, it is to say it does have a couple of kinks that still need ironing out, mostly in terms of the book. The show can be cut down in some cases because some of the set up went on for a bit too long. The relationship between Moses and Tzipporah felt very rushed and wasn’t developed enough in my opinion. There’s also a very odd attempt at suddenly creating an evil villain out of Hotep (although played fantastically by Adam Pearce) right towards the end which I felt should’ve been developed more early on.
That said, I still had a really wonderful time at The Prince of Egypt. I do wonder if this is because I didn’t know the film very well before going in. But with a fantastic cast like this and a score by the legend that is Stephen Schwartz, I would definitely recommend this.
Until next time,