Patterson’s aim is to create a light comedy, and he has succeeded pretty well.
In Joe Hill-Gibbins’ re-imagining of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, long gone are the delightful fairies and light-hearted romance you might expect of a traditional production.
The concluding moments of ‘The Full Monty’ summed up the whole show: energetic triumphant dancing, dazzling lights, pumping music all received by enthusiastic standing ovations from a cheering audience.
These songs rank amongst Sondheim’s best, and the witty, light-as-air confection of the book is a constant joy, managing to stay always earthy and ‘grounded’, no matter how fancified the subject matter might become.
George Fletcher embodies the Creature with sinuous movement and anguished expression with no need for extra make-up.
The key to all this is John Partridge’s iconic rendition of the complex, fascinating, physically and emotionally demanding role of Albin: an exercise in stagecraft of the highest order.
To highlight any particular performance from this recording is impossible. Come From Away is performed by an ensemble of actors of the highest calibre.
Right from the first notes of the thrilling overture, this was going to be a night no one present would ever forget.