Assassins. The Chocolate Menier Theatre, London. January 2015.
After the previous uninspiring theatre trip and a week spent nursing an ear infection I can't say I was particularly looking forward to the trip to London for this. Coupled with the fact that my last two plays directed by Jamie Lloyd (Richard III and Macbeth) have been among my worst experiences at the theatre it really wouldn't have taken much to see me call this visit off.
However the lure of the venue and the cast saw me negotiating the complicated rail timetables and heading to the theatre. I am so pleased I did.
Apart from being about the people who have killed (or tried to kill) the Presidents of the United States I knew nothing about this show at all and got quite a shock as we entered the auditorium through a creepy, run down clown's mouth past a dodgem car into a really grungy old travelling funfair come circus set.
The musical was as creepy as the staging, and I mean that in the best way, I was on edge the whole time and totally unsure as to what was going to happen or how. The assassins brandished guns with abandon and as the venue is so small to be looking down the barrel of a gun at that close distance coupled with the manic grin of a mad assassin meant that the hairs on the back of my neck didn't lay down for the whole 75 minutes of the show.
I hadn't read reviews or the programme so the small casting twist took me totally by surprise and worked wonderfully. I didn't come out humming the songs but I know that it will take a long time to let the images of the show calm down in my mind.
Another (sell out) hit from the Menier - now let me go and look at their schedule for the rest of the year...