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Frights Galore As Cult Musical Horror Returns To The Stage
Theatre audiences in Lichfield are in for a shock, but they would be well advised not to miss it. The outstanding cult horror musical, Little Shop of Horrors, is taking to the road over the coming weeks, with Audrey Two likely to be stand out performer on stage.

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Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey (Credit Matt Martin)

For those of you who have never seen either the stage show or equally successful film of Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey Two is actually the name given to the alien monster plant which yearns and thrives on human blood and flesh, with devastating consequences. But despite the apparent adult theme, the musical has a welcome comedy undertone which prevents audiences being scared out of their wits.

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Little do Seymour and Audrey realise what horrors await (Credit Matt Martin)

The new stage show, which comes to the Lichfield Garrick theatre from September 20 to 24, stars Sam Lupton as shopkeeper Seymour and Stephanie Clift as the real-life Audrey he is secretly in love with. But, as an added bonus to fans, there is a cameo role for X-Factor's Rhydian Roberts who plays the part of the dentist in the Sell a Door Theatre Company's production of this charming musical set in the 1950s.

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X-Factor's Rhydian Roberts (left) takes on a cameo role as the dentist (Credit Matt Martin)

The Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik's Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey. With music by Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors has become one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time.

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Audrey Two takes centre-stage alongside Seymour and Audrey (Credit Matt Martin)

Little Shop of Horrors runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Tuesday 20 to Saturday 24 September with a variety of evening and matinee performances. Tickets cost 15 to 28.50, and can be booked online or by calling Lichfield Garrick's Box Office on 01543 412121.

Tour Dates

Aug 22 - 27 - New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Aug 30 Aug Sept 4 - Belfast Grand Opera House

Sept 6 - 10 - New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Sept 13 - 17 - Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Sept 20 24 - Garrick Theatre, Lichfield

Sept 27 - Oct 1 - New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham

Oct 3 8 - New Theatre Cardiff

Oct 11 - 15 - Spa Theatre, Bridlington

Oct 17 22 - Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Oct 26 - 29 - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Oct 31 - Nov 5 - Palace Theatre, Manchester

Nov 14 - 19 - Theatre Royal Glasgow

Nov 22 26 - Blackpool Grand Theatre
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Why? Cult Horror Musical Comes To Lichfield On UK Tour
When: 22 Aug - 26 Nov 2016
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: Lichfield tickets 15 to 28.50
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