Thoroughly Modern Millie – UK Tour Review

Millie Dillmount is a small-town girl with big-city dreams. She leaves Kansas behind and moves to New York in the hope of finding a rich man to marry.

Set in the Roaring Twenties – an era of jazz, alcohol prohibition and the flapper girls- the Tony Award winning Thoroughly Modern Millie is a feel-good musical full of high energy jazz numbers and plenty of pizazz.

Following a successful tour last year, the show has returned to UK tour with a new cast – bringing a little bit of classic Broadway to every corner of the UK.

The show follows Millie, played by Hayley Tamaddon (of Coronation Street and Emmerdale TV fame), through a series of events that farcically leads to the capture of a major criminal, all whilst finding her true love. It’s impossible not to enjoy, especially as the plot thickens and the production peaks towards the end with some stunning comedy.

Hayley Tamaddon is a solid casting for Millie, particularly as her popularity clearly helps to bring in the audiences to an otherwise lesser known musical. The role is challenging but she is certainly on par with the rest of the cast.

One of the most enjoyable roles in the show is that of hotel owner Mrs Meers (played by Lucas Rush) who, in a parallel sub-plot, is secretly selling the girls that lodge with her into the white slave trade. Rush performs strongly as the comic ‘baddy’ (even earning some pantomime-esque booing at the final curtain call) and provides many great moments.

Assisting Mrs Meers are the two Chinese characters (Ching Ho and Bun Foo) who are superbly played by Guy Salim and Patrick Jeremy.

As a show it’s a fast-paced, lively story that continues to grow in entertainment value. The last twenty minutes in particular provides back to back, thoroughly enjoyable comedy. Giving a great hint to what Broadway is famous for.

Very much coming into his own in the second act, Richard Meek delivers a stunning comic performance as Mr Trevor Graydon – leaving the audience in hysterics at a role wonderfully played.

There’s parts of the show that are a little underwhelming but you can’t help but appreciate the brilliance of this piece – and this is a thoroughly decent version.

Thoroughly Modern Millie plays the Regent Theatre until Saturday 26th May. To view prices and see the best ticket deals direct from ATG Tickets (Official), click here…

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Rob Stanway is the Founder of At The Theatre. He has reviewed the UK's best touring theatre (and much of the west end) for this website since 2005.

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