Sweet Charity … if (only) I could see it now

When I went: 23 October 2010

Music Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

Location: Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Performers: Tamzin Outhwaite (Charity), Mark Umbers, Josefina Gabrielle, Tiffany Graves

Creative team: Matthew White (producer), Neil Simon (book), Cy Coleman (music), Dorothy Fields (lyrics), Stephen Mear (choreography)

Approximate price: £40 (we got free upgrades to stalls seats)

Special points: Dark humour

Best bit: If You Could See Me Now

If I could change one thing: More killer songs


The musical:

This is a fun and engaging musical, but unfortunately, apart from If You Could See Me Now, Rhythm of Life and Big Spender, the music isn’t really that memorable. The story follows Charity and her entanglements with various men and wraps up in a realistic place, if not on a particularly optimistic note.

This performance:

For some reason, when I went to this show with my friends our upper circle tickets got upgraded to stalls tickets – I’m still not sure whether this was a mix-up with bookings or whether they did this because the house wasn’t full. Either way, this made it one of the best-value shows I have been to.

Tamzin Outhwaite’s performance was certainly full of life and verve and she carried the show with apparent ease, even catching food in her mouth at one point. Her big number If You Could See Me Now was definitely the highlight of the show, along with a dark, slow version of Big Spender.

Mark Umbers was also impressive as all of the men in Charity’s life – it would be interesting to see him in something else.


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