My first encounter with Guys and Dolls happened a few years ago at a local amateur production, it was a wonderful show but I was overall not enamoured with the plot nor the staging of this version. When I heard that it was to be returning to the West End to the Savoy Theatre, I admit, it was not the top of my radar. However, when I heard the casting announcement I decided I had to see it. With Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson, David Haig as Nathan Detroit, and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide it was not to be missed!
Firstly, the staging was impressive, they had made the most of the Savoy’s deep stage. With bright colours and flashing lights it had all the bells and whistles, I was immediately impressed. The first act was very witty and sharp, with fantastic comical timing from Thompson and Haig – their chemistry was simply hilarious. Although the best performance for me came from Parker as Sky Masterson; his stage presence and interpretation of the character were simply outstanding. Thoroughly enjoyed this performance.
The obvious high points in Guys and Dolls are “Luck Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” and these did certainly not disappoint. “Luck Be a Lady” was great and Gavin Spokes as Nicely-Nicely was a fantastic choice; his voice combined with the fantastic staging really set this number apart from the rest.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this show and it has honestly changed my perception of Guys and Dolls. I would definitely see it again.
Guys and Dolls is in previews from 10th December 2015 for 4 weeks, with a limited run until 12th March 2016, followed by a UK Tour.