Where: Piccadilly Theatre, London
Synopsis: GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam (Richard Fleeshman) and Molly (Caissie Levy) are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Sharon D Clarke), Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
Review: First off.. I should admit I have never seen the film. When I took my seat I knew there would be pottery, and dead people (clue in the title and all that) but that was it.
As a result, at times, it was hard to keep track. Trying to follow the storyline and working out the magical theatre tricks is one thing, trying to do it when people keep randomly bursting into song is another.
In terms of cast there is no doubt psychic Oda Mae Brown, played to outrageous perfection by Sharon D Clarke, steals the show. But Sam’s/Richard Fleeshman’s abs certainly give her a good run for the limelight spot when things get steamy. Ironically the “phwoars” which went round the theatre could probably have woken the dead. He has certainly grown up since being that boy from that soap.
When I found out I was going to the show I have to admit I was very intrigued about how they would do it. Afterall on screen anything is possible, on the stage it takes serious brainpower. And it definitely didn’t disappoint. From passing through doors to ghosts, played by the actors, appearing next to the body of their character when they died. That was hard enough to put into a sentence let alone put onto the stage…
All in all it was a great production and really showcases how theatre might evolve from this point forward. The iconic storyline created a solid platform to play on top of, and other than mine, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!