Two winters ago if you went to the Old Vic
Your life would have been filled with something fantastic,
A musical treat fit for all of the fam’ly
The Lorax is as good as such a show could be.
Returning for half-term with some new cast members
The musical’s just as good as I remember,
It’s heartfelt and funny and really quite moving
A powerful message but not too reproving.
From Dr Seuss’ story comes David Greig’s new book
Which warns of the danger of smashing nature’s look,
It’s hard to believe it’s near fifty years old
A tale too important though not to be told.
The music by Charlie Fink is monumental
With pop songs and rock songs and ballads so gentle,
There’s fun in the way the score makes your heart fly
But you can’t help but leave with a tear in your eye.
The Lorax is played by Dave Ricardo Pe-arce
With Laura and Ben helping as puppeteers,
They team up together to such great effect
That it’s easy to forget their skill so perfect.
Returning as Once-ler Simon Paisley Day
With his green hair and green suit and misguided way,
He’s hugely engaging though he plays a villain
A problem you can’t treat with amoxicillin.
Rob Howell’s design makes good use of magic trees
Especially the way they can bend in the breeze,
The lighting by Jon Clark and Tom Gibbons’ sound
Create such a magical world all around.
There’s plenty of talent in this gifted comp’ny
With Wendy Mae Brown, Jack Beale and Joe Alessi,
With so many #StageFaves its talent-a-go-go
But Ellena Vincent’s one to look out for though.
I can’t recommend seeing anything more,
The Lorax is wonderful that is for sure,
So book yourself tickets and now it is time
To stop thinking I can write reviews in rhyme.
Review by Ian Foster
This dazzlingly funny, moving and inspiring show sees the go-getting Once-ler come face to face with the magical Lorax in a battle over the beloved truffula trees and the whole of Paradise Valley. Adapted for the stage by David Greig with music and lyrics by Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale Frontman), Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is a brilliant riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious music to enchant adults and children alike.
The Lorax blends theatrical invention, puppetry, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant Christmas show with a message for grandparents, parents and children alike.
Max Webster Director
David Greig Adapted for the stage
Tom Gibbons Sound
Jon Clark Lighting
Drew McOnie Choreography
Charlie Fink Music and Lyrics
Rob Howell Designer
Finn Caldwell For Gyre And Gimble Puppetry Director
Phil Bateman Musical Director/Arranger
Jessica Ronane CDG Casting
DR. SEUSS’S THE LORAX ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY DAVID GREIG
Sunday 15th October to Sun 5th November 2017
(Previews from Sun 15 Oct)
The Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB