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BrumHour saw Company at the invite of Sutton Arts Theatre.
By Julie Wallis
Review: Company at Sutton Arts Theatre
A cracking show – fun and energetic!
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth
Company, a 1970s musical comedy is at Sutton Arts Theatre until June 4th and it’s an absolutely cracking little show.
Bobby (Aarron Armstrong Craddock) A confident, handsome man about town, that town being New York City, USA. He has a string of girlfriends, but Bobby thinks it’s time he took himself a wife. All of his friends are married and they seem happy. Bobby thinks it’s time he settled down, besides he knows he’d appreciate the company. All his friends think he needs to find himself a wife, they worry that he’s alone, spending night after night waiting by the phone. Throughout the play we are introduced to each of his friends and some of his girlfriends. This production transported to the present day.
There are lots, and I mean lots and lots of scene changes, but they are quick and slick. We begin in Bobby’s apartment, and Bobby is playing his answer phone messages, then it’s where his friends have hosted a surprise birthday party. Then we visit bars, parks, his friends places, night clubs, roof terraces, street cafes and much more.
Over the course of the next few hours we also meet some of Bobby’s girlfriends, including April (Georgina Kerr-Jones) a beautiful but ditzy air stewardess. Marta (Terri Ann Ashford) an ever so slightly unhinged hippy is probably the best description and Kathy (Sophie McCoy) a level headed girl who is totally in love with Bobby, but Bobby’s lack of commitment means he has missed his chance with Kathy!
The songs are wonderfully catchy and when Jamie (Robbie Newton) is marrying Paul (Paul Atkins) and he has a bit of a pre wedding nerves wobble and sings Not Getting Married. It will make you laugh and will impress in equal measure. This may be the most impressive song I’ve heard sung on stage this year!
This production has a live orchestra and the most unique placement of the orchestra I have ever seen. If you have yet to visit Sutton Arts Theatre, I do highly recommend you make the trip. It’s such a unique space. Absolutely the cutest theatre I have ever had the privilege of visiting.
I truly loved this production, it’s was energetic, fun and very professional. It’s easy to understand how Company won Sondheim his first Tony Award for Best Lyrics in 1971. I highly recommend this production to anyone who has the chance.
Company is at Sutton Arts Theatre until Saturday 4th June. Book tickets here: suttonartstheatre.savoysystems.co.uk/SuttonArtsTheatre.dll and discover more about Sutton Arts Theatre here: suttonartstheatre.co.uk.