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High Society

Published by: Paul Tyree on 13th Jun 2013 | View all blogs by Paul Tyree

High Society - Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit


High Society based on the film of the same name and previously to that The Philadelphia Story, is a show chock full of songs that you'll know. From 'Who wants to be a millionaire', 'True Love' to 'Well Did you Evah'. Whilst these are all performed well this is a show that is inherently disappointing.
The first half is desperately dull and uninvolving and for this I think we have the script mainly to blame. The actors all do their jobs professionally enough but the direction and script really let them down.
There is far too much business from a large cast of scene shifters dressed as the staff of the rich family we're supposed to be getting a glimpse of and the blame for this has to be put at the feet of the director. The sets are marvellous and it seems that the set designer has really gone to town but there is far too much scene shifting that is completely unnecessary for this piece to work. The orchestra are also playing at a level that quite often drowns out many of the performers, which is something that really needs to be sorted out.
There are some stand out performances notably from Alex Young as Liz Imbrie, the photographer secretly in love with her writer friend and Katie Lee as Dinah Lord the younger sister of the female lead. Both of these marvellous actresses seem to be truthfully part of this story whilst with many of the other performers there seems to be quite a bit of 'acting' going on.
It would take me the best part of a dissertation length essay to go into what's really wrong with this show but needless to say it isn't one that i'd recommend. The second half really does pick up as the more famous songs kick in and the party begins to swing but despite the best efforts of all the actors involved this is a show that no one is going to care much about, especially if it continues to tour in this condition.
Playing until Saturday.....for some reason.

High Society at Sheffield Lyceum 

Thu 13 Jun 7:45pm Audio Described, Signed £24.00 - £32.00* Book Tickets
Fri 14 Jun 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Jun 3:00pm Captioned £20.00 - £28.00* Book Tickets
Sat 15 Jun 7:45pm   £26.00 - £34.00* Book Tickets


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Paul. I have to agree - there is plenty to like in this production but the show doesn't reach the peak of it's potential. Great review.
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