2020 THE MUSICAL @ THE LEATHERHEAD THEATRE…
Posted by Michelle Casey on 29 May 2021
If you’re after some light- hearted entertainment this bank holiday weekend, then look no further than ‘2020 The Musical’ now showing at Leatherhead Theatre.
Produced and directed by Natasha Mould, ‘2020 The Musical’ originally played at Leather Theatre as ‘West End Comes to Leatherhead’ back in December 2020. The cast and crew have been working hard on the show over the last few months, adding several new musical numbers to the original repertoire. And last night they certainly delivered.
Spirited and energetic from the very start, the cast brought a rousing performance. As an audience we may have been socially distanced, but the opening number certainly united us in the spirit of anticipation of what else was to come.
The show tells the story of four theatre performers and how they find themselves on a different path in the course of 2020-it tells of their highs and lows as they re-train for key worker jobs throughout the pandemic. In the face of despair and tragedy, they demonstrate resilience and hope to persevere and contribute to their community… and continue to pay the bills of course!
‘2020 The Musical’ has a few well- known tunes with adapted lyrics which got the audience going and there are plenty of original songs to enjoy too. A mixture of high energy upbeat numbers peppered with a few ballads keep things interesting.
The years 2020 and 2021 have been challenging for most, heartbreaking for some and I think the show definitely managed to capture that. On stage, there were moments of truth and poignancy swiftly followed by high jinks and hilarity.
The passion of the performers was palpable, demonstrated by their truly heart and soul performance. It was clear to see their joy at being able to do what they love and perform in front of an audience. And long may it last. This industry has taken a massive hit as a result of Covid 19 so it is wonderful to see things coming back to life.
It was a pleasure to see this high energy and thought- provoking performance enhanced by clever lighting and set on its opening night at Leatherhead Theatre. Tickets are £27.50 for adults and £20 for concession and students. Performances take place this weekend from Saturday to Monday and there are two performances each day at 4:30 and 7:30.