Monday 21 May 2018

Feed me, Seymour! Matt Willis among cast for Little Shop Of Horrors production

The show will open at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in August.

Matt Willis is to star in a London production of Little Shop Of Horrors (Ian West/PA)
Matt Willis is to star in a London production of Little Shop Of Horrors (Ian West/PA)

By Kerri-Ann Roper, Press Association Entertainment Editor

Busted singer Matt Willis and Scottish actor Forbes Masson are among the names leading the cast for a new production of Little Shop Of Horrors.

The cast for the show at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London will also include Marc Antolin, Jemima Rooper and American drag queen Vicky Vox.

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Singer Willis will play dentist Orin, the role played by Hollywood star Steve Martin in the 1986 Frank Oz-directed film.

Masson is to portray flower shop owner Mr Mushnik, while Antolin will be Seymour, the character played by Canadian actor Rick Moranis in the film.

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Rooper will play Audrey, with Vox taking on the role of Audrey II, the plant.

Director Maria Aberg, whose other recent theatre credits include The Duchess Of Malfi at the Royal Shakespeare Company, said Audrey II “represents chaos at the heart of the downtrodden, deeply conventional world of Skid Row”.

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“She is everything Seymour’s existence is not – anarchic, queer, wickedly funny. Borne out of his greed, combined with his secret desires, the plant explodes like an out-of-control after-party on to the stage, seducing and terrifying in equal measure, all with a knowing glint in the eye and a filthy sense of humour,” she said.

“Fuelled by Seymour’s own wish for success, she grows increasingly demanding, increasingly glamorous, and increasingly unreasonable, until she’s conquered the whole of New York and the show erupts in a huge, defiant celebration of the subversive and the downright fabulous.”

The play will run from August 3 until September 15.

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