Review | Online Production | The Sorcerer’s Apprentice @ Southwark Playhouse*

Rating: 4/5
Running until: 14th March 2021
Tickets and more information: https://www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/as-live/the-sorcerers-apprentice/
Production Photos by: Geraint Lewis

It’s no secret that I absolutely love the Southwark Playhouse and I particularly love visiting when they play host to a new British musical. Although the pandemic may have stopped audiences from watching this delightful new British musical in person, the Southwark Playhouse decided to give us the goods anyway so we can watch from the comfort of our homes. Based on the iconic poem, writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created a musical with a gender swapped lead as a young woman discovers her magical powers and possibilities that comes with them.

Starring as Eva, the title character is Mary Moore who delivers a truly wonderful performance. She’s utterly charming and I think if there was an audience present, she’d be able to hold them in the palm of her hand. I really enjoyed her performance and found myself rooting for her character. She also has a lovely dynamic with David Thaxton, who plays her father which was so integral to the piece. There’s also fantastic support from Dawn Hope, Marc Pickering and Yazdan Qafouri, but the cast of 10 overall all do a really great job in telling the story despite not having an audience to bounce off.

The score by Hough and Morales Frost is really well done and feels fresh and modern while remaining unique. I adored the song Spellbound that takes place just before the end of the first half of the show. The set design by Anna Kelsey is wonderfully constructed and you could sense the Nordic influences, even through the screen.

Overall, I thought this was such a charming and enchanting musical and I would definitely watch in person. I have to admit, reviewing online productions are a tad hard for me because I can’t always concentrate. Especially when most of my time on my laptop is spent working from home at the moment. But I did really enjoy this musical and I would love to see it have another life after this online production.

Let me know what you thought if you’ve seen The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Until next time,

Hayley Sprout Logo (white cursive writing on a purple background)

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