A round trip from New Zealand to London with Little Shop of Horrors!
Wimbledon Light Opera Society’s upcoming production of Little Shop Of Horrors is being led by a creative team that’s no stranger to the hit Broadway musical. Stuart James and Hayden Taylor (Director and Musical Director respectively) have worked together with great success for the past seven years and met working on a production of Little Shop in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007.
James says, “Being able to revisit a show you’ve previously directed, is an honour and working with Hayden is always a dream. We’re incredibly lucky to be reprising our roles (as Director and Musical director) for WLOS!”
Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by the legendary Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors is a cult film and one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.
Seymour Krelborn, an assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic new breed of plant life hitherto unknown on this planet. He names it Audrey Two after a glamorous colleague he’s secretly in love with!
Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dreams of a future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive! The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams?
Stuart James has appeared in New Zealand television’s The Strip, Seven Periods with Mr. Gormsby and UK hit The Tribe. His acting credits include ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago, ‘Emcee’ in Cabaret, ‘Leo Bloom’ in The Producers, ‘Brad’ in The Rocky Horror Show, ‘Mark’ in Rent and ‘Charlie Brown’ in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. His numerous directing credits include Rent, Zanna, Don’t!, A Trip Across The Universe, The Witches Of Eastwick, Little Shop Of Horrors and Fame: The Musical.
Hayden Taylor was tutored in Musical Directing by West End Musical Director Mark Dorrell and his credits as Musical Director include Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, Bloody Broadway 1 & 2, Hot Toxic Love, [title of show], Footloose, Witches of Eastwick, The Full Monty, All Shook Up and Reefer Madness.
Little Shop Of Horrors
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe
8 November – 11 November 2017
Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, SE8 2JU, London
7.30pm | £18 | £22+ free programme | Buy 10 tickets for the same performance and only pay for 9
Matinee 2.30pm 11 November- all tickets £16