The Grinch greenly graces into the glorious Christmas period at The Lowry in Salford. A full house at the theatre was filled with expectation on Thursday night for the first UK run of the hit musical adaptation of Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
The tale follows the Christmas-hating green Scrooge; The Grinch, who has an ‘awful wonderful idea’ to steal Christmas from the town of Whoville where the story is set. Bursting into life from the off, the perfectly choregraphed ‘Who likes Christmas?’ number explodes the stage with colour and Christmas delight.
The musical is successfully narrated by the ever-witty Griff Ryhs Jones who plays Old Max, who once was the only companion of the Grinch. Jones fuses the tale through a nostalgic looking glass whilst his younger self – played by Matt Terry – unwillingly participates in the Grinch’s crafty scheme. The set transcends the audience into a storybook world, captivating the imagination of all ages.
Edward Bakery-Duly’s inspiring performance as the Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, swaggered and strutted about the stage throughout. Adding to this, Baker-Duly’s fantastic characterisation and perfect timing left the audience out of breath at times as laughter filled the auditorium. Furthermore, a young Isla Gie, who played Cindy Lou Who, gave an outstanding performance with a spectacular solo that instilled the Christmas spirit as a new star was born.
The musical had some real moments of brilliance and spectacle that captivated the audience from start to finish. With positive messages like ‘It’s not the gift you give but the thought that counts’ allowing for even the greenest hearts to be filled. When snow fell over the audience in the penultimate scene the room erupted with cheer and a standing ovation for this five star performance.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical is at The Lowry until 5 January 2020.