“Guys and Dolls” came to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre!
From starting off on the world famous Broadway stage in the 1950’s and slowly spreading its glamour across the world on Tuesday night the Mayflower, Southampton welcomed the sassy nightclub entertainers and the grungy, gambling, gangsters onto it’s stage.
Guys and Dolls started off by taking you back to a charismatic 1950’s streets of New York, where Nathan Detroit, played by Maxwell Caulfield and his hilarious double act gangster buddies Nicely Nicely Johnson played by Jack Edwards, and Benny Southstreet (played by Mark Sangster) set the scene for the play from the outset with plenty of laughs and excellent vocals.
Throughout the play you begin to understand that Nathan pays his way through gambling and his expertise with a well-known dice game, Craps. All while trying to keeps this a secret from his beloved fiancée of 14 years Miss Adelaide, who is played by the very extravagant, very talented Louise Dearman; but also Lieutenant Brannigan (Anthony McGill) who is suspicious of his behaviour.
In order for Nathan to run his game in secret he needs to find a different location every night as a meeting point for the ‘event’; and tonight he needed to find $1,000 to pay for a venue.
This is where we meet the very handsome Skye Masterson, played by the ex Coronation Street star Richard Fleeshman. In the quest to find the cash to fund tonight’s events Nathan bets Skye $1,000 that he wouldn’t be able to take out the very religiously strict Sarah Brown, played by the fabulous Anna O’Byrne. Sarah is part of the Salvation Army, and is very set on meeting a prim and proper partner…not a ‘sinner’ like Skye, so he has a challenge on his hands.
As time goes on Skye begins to realise he isn’t going to win this bet unless he makes an offer that she cannot refuse. Skye offers 12 real live ‘sinners’ to attend her big midnight pray meeting if she agrees to go out for dinner with him, and of course she agrees and she needs them to attend to show that her work for the mission is beneficial. From that point on it begins to mimic that of a forbidden love story as after a few Bacardi milkshakes, the missionary and the gangster slowly begin to fall for one another!
The other main love story hooking the audience is the 14-year engagement between Nathan and Miss Adelaide and the question of will they eventually get married??
Penultimately they do eventually loop and get married, but it didn’t come without its challenge’s, as Miss Adelaide didn’t want Nathan to continue his gambling, she wants to settle down with him and be ‘normal’ so her mother will be happy. Slowly she begins to accept the fact that you can change someone, but she is love with him and she can’t help it.
The play then continues with the tale of Sarah and Skye as they hit a bump in their relationship and Sarah becomes overwhelmed with his gangster behaviour and gives up after coming home to the Mission and finding Skye’s gangster friends inside gambling and playing their dice game.
This leaves Sarah feeling disrespected and used, when Skye knew nothing about it…but it’s to late. As the story unfolds both Sarah and Skye both realise they can’t be without each other, so he continues his end of the deal to bring 12 ‘sinners’ to her meeting.
Much to her annoyance this is very needed as she receives a visit from General Cartwright, played by Melanie Marshall, the head of the Salvation Army. The General arrives with the news that they are planning on closing down their operation as they aren’t making a big enough impact; so the turn out to the midnight pray with the help of Skye impressed the General enough to give them another chance and stay in operation.
To end this marvellous production, the audience get to witness the ending they had all hoped for which was for both couples to live ‘happily ever after’.
To say the least Guys and Dolls didn’t disappoint! From the vibrant set, to the authentic 50’s costumes; this show is a must see!
“I thought the performance was really good, the costumes and accents were what made the performance so realistic and essentially the amount of time and effort that the cast put in it was what made it such a hit! Even though I didn’t like the story line I was hooked, and it was very unexpected at some places, but that’s what made it good!”
Together these actors and actresses work together along with the collectively talented ensemble of singers and dancers to produce a humorous yet traditional spin on the hit Broadway musical.
To say the least Guys and Dolls didn’t disappoint! From the vibrant set, to the authentic 50’s costumes: this show is a must see!
Be sure to check out the production which can be seen at the Mayflower till the 21st of May!