Heathers The Musical – Starring Carrie Hope Fletcher
Heathers, the brilliant Laurence O'Keefe-Kevin Murphy musical adaptation of the 1988 black comedy about high school cliques, is in town, playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. And it's set to rock your world.
Laurence O’Keefe is the man behind Legally Blonde the Musical, and Kevin Murphy worked on Reefer Madness. But this one is a whole lot darker than most musicals, dealing chilling themes like teen bullying, rape, sexual assault, politics, suicide and murder. At the same time it's absolutely hilarious. What a mix!
Veronica is played by Carrie Hope Fletcher - of Les Miserables and Addams Family Tour fame – an ordinary girl whose best friend Martha is being bullied at school. When Veronica is adopted by the 'three Heathers', the school's most popular, beautiful and mean girls, her life changes beyond recognition. At the same time all Veronica wants is for the nasty side of high school to disappear. She's someone kind who values respect, friendship and warm connections, and the three Heathers are her exact opposite.
Thanks to her new-found popularity Veronica soon ends up mired in murder, suicide and teen politics. And her new boyfriend JD, a mysterious young man with an attitude and a cool trench coat, sits at the core of it all. Almost every female on stage is, at some point, subjected to unwanted sexual contact, a disturbing reminder of the way the world used to be and one of the reasons this play is so unusually dark.
The cheerful 1980s sets are ironic, transforming the theatre into a riot of colour against which the darkness of the comedy stands out to perfection – this really is clever stuff.
Heathers: The Musical is on stage for a strictly limited season of just eight weeks following a sell-out at The Other Palace, always a good sign that a production has legs. The adaptation is widely tipped as 'hilarious', and the show tunes are tailor made for dancing.
Bill Kenwright and Paul Taylor-Mills produce the show, the same golden team that created the acclaimed stage adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel Carrie. It's directed by Andy Fickman. The choreography comes from Gary Lloyd, design from David Shields, lighting from Ben Cracknell, sound by Dan Samson, casting by Will Burton and Musical Supervision by Gary Hickeson.
This is an adult theatre experience suitable for the over 16s.