Theatre Review: Guys and Dolls at the King’s Theatre

It was the opening night for the revival of the 1950s musical Guys and Dolls at the King’s Theatre, directed by Gordon Greenberg. It is full of so much fun with the musical numbers and dance routines and the story itself is spectacular to watch.

The focus of this musical is around Miss Adelaide (played by Louise Dearman) settling down and getting married to her fiancé Nathan Detroit (played by Maxwell Caulfield) who’s main focus is on illegal craps games with his gambling friends.  

guys and dollsLouise’s performance brought Miss Adelaide to life and was definitely a favourite with the audience as she brought humour with her singing ‘Adelaide’s Lament’ where she reads from a book based on psychology and answers back to it based on her having a cold.  Maxwell’s performance is also faultless as his character’s addiction to gambling keeps the story unfolding along with his un-kept promises to Adelaide about them eloping. His singing to her also with ‘Sue Me’ was brilliant as it was very authentic to their situation.

Another main focus of the musical was Sky Masterson, a gambler (played by Richard Fleeshman) and Sarah Brown’s (played by Anna O’Byrne) performances. Nathan has a bet on with Sky which he believes he cannot lose: Sky must take a doll to Havana, Cuba. Sky agrees, and Nathan chooses Sarah Brown. Sarah’s focus is on saving sinners at the Mission and when Sky makes a deal with her that he will get bring ‘one dozen sinners’ to the next meeting she agrees to go with him. The chemistry between the two cast members was fantastic to watch, as Sky had his small witty comments to make and Sarah secretly just wanted to enjoy herself and fall in love. Their performance of ‘My Time of Day/I’ve Never Been in Love Before’ was very romantic.

The stage production shows the 1950s style as billboards surround the stage on Broadway featuring Pepsi-Cola, TWA airlines, Chevrolet and many more. The bright lights adds to this, especially as its set in Broadway where the musical is shown. The dancing throughout shows the energy they all put into their performances, especially through the Havana scenes with Danielle Stephen and the crap game routine.

The finale was animated as the entire cast sang ‘Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. We also watched as Adelaide finally got married to her fiancé Nathan and it turned out Sky and Sarah had also already got married and he was now apart of the Mission. Guys and Dolls is definitely a musical not to be missed, the songs are sure to be stuck in everyone’s heads for a while before they see their next musical. It encapsulates the true feeling of a musical. 

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