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The Addams Family - Northern Premiere, The People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 10th Apr 2014 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge


They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky: The Addams Family! And their gloriously ghoulish, spooktacular shenanigans were a massive hit with the first night audience at The People’s Theatre, last night.

Nice Swan Theatre Company has the honour of presenting the Northern premiere of this new musical comedy – and it couldn’t be in safer or more talented hands.

Based on the characters from the well known film and TV series The Addams Family features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams (Carly Burns), the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man, Lucas Beineke (Glen Townsend) from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams (Dale Jewitt) must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia (Jessica Brady). Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend.

No strangers to taking on bold and ambitious projects which challenge the bounds of technical creativity and push their performers far beyond any other musical theatre company for miles around, Nice Swan are, once again, triumphant with this slick and stylish production.

From sumptuous costumes to stunning sets, faultless performances and characterisation to complex choreography and a live orchestra, the show ticked each and every box on my reviewer’s list.

Obviously, much of the emphasis and action surrounds the ‘family’ characters, yet there were some fantastic performances from those in supporting roles, in particular Dylan Stafford (Mr Beineke), Bethany Walker (Mrs Beineke) and Jacob Anderton (Lurch), plus a whole host of ancestor ghosts. Indeed, there was not one weak link in the entire cast.

Special praise should also be given to the entire creative team who have collaborated brilliantly to produce a show worthy of the West End stage.

Marvellously macabre, wonderfully whacky and deliciously dark, The Addams Family is a hair-raising hit and meeting them once may not be enough – I have already booked tickets for Saturday!

Steve Burbridge.                      

To book call the box office on (0191) 265 5020 or visit



1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 4 years ago
    Thanks sounds brilliant, Steve. Thanks
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