On a wet evening in Stoke-on-Trent we were invited to go on a Summer
Holiday and asked Do you wanna dance? This latest production of Summer
Holiday, based on the 1963 film of the same name, is a pure delight from start
Ray Quinn plays Don, the lead character made famous by Cliff Richard, and
he is a stand out highlight from the moment he walks on stage. His accent is
faultless whether speaking or singing and he plays the heartthrob with ease.
The entire cast are outstanding, keeping the audience engaged and
entertained throughout and are one of the most talented casts I have seen with
their dancing and singing abilities second to none.
When the show first started I was disappointed because the set appeared to be
almost non existent and the show taking place in a back box. I was wrong to think this as the set soon revealed itself with sections flying in from above and around the stage and then the grand reveal of the centre piece of the show, the red London bus. This is the icon of the show and used to great effect as it moves around the stage and action takes place around and on it throughout the entire show.
The live band, under the MD of Rob Wicks, bring the musical score alive and keep the audience tapping their feet all evening.
The main problem with this show is that it had to end, I loved every minute of it. The music has a real feel good factor and everyone will know some if not all of the music. The story is entertaining and, although it might become far fetched in a post brexit society, is believable. The comical encounters at the various border crossings provide opportunities for other cast members to provide the comedy moments.
Don't leave it until your next holiday, or for a week or two, to see this show. See it now, you won't regret it!
Reviewed by Daniel Keen at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.
Summer Holiday is playing at the Regent until Saturday 6th
October and touring the country until 3rd November.
For more information, and to book tickets, visit the shows website.