REVIEW: Sweet Charity - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

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With prices for London shows currently rocketing the New Wolsey’s effervescent production of Sweet Charity is good enough to grace any West End theatre but at a fraction of the cost.

From the opening bars to the last notes of the score it’s an utter joy, packed with wonderful performances, musical numbers, costumes and a very clever set.

Katie Birtill dazzles as the titular Charity, perfectly capturing our eternally unlucky but ever optimistic heroine.

From the seedy Times Square dance hall, Coney Island rides and Central Park lake lights up the stage whenever she is on it. As always with director Peter Rowe’s productions, the supporting cast has no weak link and special mention must go to Katia Sartini and Sophie Byrne as Charity’s friends and James Haggie as her love interest, the nervously nerdish Oscar.

With such well known numbers as Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and The Rhythm of Life (featuring an hilarious performance from Dan De Cruz) this really is a show that absolutely has to be seen.

PAUL MONKHOUSE