Heathers (UK Tour) – Review

Heathers (UK Tour): Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

30th September 2021

★★★★

After a sell out run at The Other Palace in 2018, Heathers has become a rather cult hit. Fans, or ‘Corn Nuts’, have flocked to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London where Heathers became one of the first major West End shows to reopen after the Covid crisis. Now Heathers is touring the UK and wowing audiences as it goes.

Heathers, based on the cult 1980’s film of the same title starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, focuses on Veronica Sawyer, three ultra-popular Heathers who rule Westerberg High and a new, mysterious rebel called JD. Whilst tackling some important issues, this light-hearted and upbeat show has some toe-tapping songs, hilarious comic moments and is a colourful feast for the eyes.

Rebecca Wickes adds a fantastic comedic touch to the role of Veronica and her vocals are particularly strong, especially during ‘I Say No’ and ‘Seventeen‘. Her down-to-earth, comic persona counteracts that of the immaculate Heathers played by Daisy Twells, Merryl Ansah and Lizzy Parker. Simon Gordon’s vocals are dark and powerful, complimenting brilliantly with Wickes during the song ‘Our Love is God‘. The whole cast are great in role with the audience particularly enjoying Andy Brady and Kurt Kansley during the second act opener ‘My Dead Gay Son‘. Mhairi Angus brings a soft, angelic like quality to ‘Kindergarten Boyfriend‘ and Georgina Hagen completely engages the audience during her iconic speech during ‘Shine A Light‘.

Heathers is fun and energetic throughout. The music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe are catchy and hilarious at the same time. There are some notable changes from the Broadway version, including a new song ‘I Say No’. The great mix of songs and catchy tunes are guaranteed to stick in audience’s heads. Direction by Andy Fickman certainly brings the show alive and the well executed choreography, designed by Gary Lloyd moves the show into the 21st Century. There are no major changes to the touring version of the show and the brilliant lighting by Ben Cracknell works just as well on tour as it did in Heathers various performances in the West End. Audience’s get the same quality set, designed by David Shields, and the entire stage is utilised with various scene locations being created with ease. There are some points when the multiple set changes do distract slightly from the show in this busy plot but this is a minor issue.

Perfect for a night out, Heathers is fun, catchy and full of sass. This tour is performing around the UK until the 11th December 2021 so don’t hesitate, grab your tickets now and enjoy a night at the theatre.

Heathers is touring the UK until 11th December 2021. For information and tickets click here.

Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

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