This week saw the raucous, riotous OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR rock its way back onto the London stage for its West End opening night at the Duke Of York's Theatre. The Olivier Award winning show promised "really rude language, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, lots of sexual references, excessive drinking, and extensive use of the smoke machine" and it didn't disappoint...
Fiona Mountford: Vicky Featherstone and Lee Hall transfer their hit show with the same sublime singing and an exhilarating blast of female agency. The six superb actresses between them play all the characters in the narrative, including some decidedly dubious middle-aged men, and are backed for the multiple musical interludes by an all-female band...Chell, Fionnula, Kay, Kylah, Manda and Orla, welcome to the West End. You are exactly what it needs.
Mark Shenton: The boisterous, and frequently foul-mouthed show now makes the leap to the West End where it fits right in alongside the jukebox musicals...With its thrilling, young all-female ensemble cast and band, and predominantly female creative team, the show is also a celebration of friendship between women, and, as such, challenge to usual West End fare.
"Prepare thyself for: really rude language, flashing lights, pyrotechnics, lots of sexual references, excessive drinking, and extensive use of the smoke machine." ...Don’t say you haven’t been warned...this sextet have the voices of angels – and, applied a cappella to choral classics (Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams), those voices make you feel cleansed of all worldly sins.
Marianka Swain: Sacred and profane, trivial and profound blissfully combine in this irresistible, Olivier Award-winning tale of choirgirls gone wild...A wonderfully chameleonic all-female ensemble (pictured above) plays the six choristers and everyone else they encounter...this is a story told and a world conjured by a talented gang you’ll soon long to join.
Emma Clarendon: Bold, brash and rowdy Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour quite rightly comes with a warning – but it is also surprisingly sincere and poignant...the script is sharply funny, rude and yet is surprisingly revealing about the vulnerabilities that lie beneath each of the girl’s attitudes – from cancer to sexuality it is a story of growing up in a difficult world and is a beautiful balance of humour and poignancy.