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REVIEW: Marvellous at @sohoplace | Pocket Measurement Theatre

Telling the story of Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin, Marvellous shares most of the qualities of the topic himself; enjoyable, playful, and heartwarming. The motion begins with the actors introducing themselves to the viewers and alluring us to look at them act out Baldwin’s extraordinary life. As they begin they’re interrupted by Neil himself, performed by the fabulous Mike Hugo. From right here we’re narrated via his biography with the actors biking via the varied characters in Baldwin’s life, typically with honesty and coronary heart, and typically as caricatures with a glint of their eye. This marvellous life is a whirlwind, and the playful performances on stage maintain the present thrilling and interesting with barrels of snickers and bundles of affection. Act 2, as is to be anticipated in biographical works, tugs extra at our heartstrings, earlier than bringing us bouncing into 2022 by the conclusion of the piece.

The solid on Saturday night consisted of Suzanne Ahmet, Charlie Bence, Gareth Cassidy, Alex Frost, Jerone Marsh-Reid, Perry Moore and Joe Sproulle all taking part in characters of their very own identify. The solid is rounded off with Mike Hugo as ‘Actual Neil’. Each member of this firm was beautiful to look at. Their playfulness and eagerness shone via, and the love all of them share for one another, and for Nello, is obvious and genuine. Hugo’s portrayal of Neil Baldwin is gorgeous and respectful and depends on vocal work and physicality that may be tiring to take care of in a manufacturing, however he manages it brilliantly. Some particular mentions for beautiful performances must go to Ahmet’s portrayal of Neils’s mom, Mary, Bence’s sturdy and loving Malcolm, Marsh-Reid’s expertly physicalised clown, Frost’s darkish and nasty Ringmaster, Moore’s younger Neil, and Sproulle’s charming vitality all through. That brings me to Cassidy. Simply await his Graham Norton… or his Ken Dodd… the record goes on!
@sohoplace is the primary new theatre to open within the West Finish for 50 years, and it brings with it an air of contemporary magnificence and sophistication. The constructing glistens within the starlight and mirrors this impact inside with constellations filling the ceilings. What an excellent testomony to the 12 years of labor that has gone into this theatre. Nica Burns, who was having fun with the present and chatting to patrons through the night, has introduced one thing new to London theatres, and the in-the-round configuration of a serious West Finish venue goes to nurture reams of contemporary and reimagined productions.

While this present with its deeply Northern roots could properly have resonated extra with its earlier New Vic viewers, Marvellous manages to welcome its viewers to this swanky new venue with contrastingly foolish and life-affirming enjoyable.

Assessment by Max Topliss

Seat: C3 | Value of Ticket: £65



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