Guys And Dolls Reviews

Directed by Michael Buffong, Guys and Dolls is a Royal Exchange and Talawa Theatre Company co-production.

  • The Times

    ★★★★ "This Harlem-set production of the New York musical is terrific from the get-go with huge style and verve."

  • The Observer

    ★★★★ "Relocated to Harlem, this ... classic musical retains a threat of violence under a cartoon-bright exterior"

  • The Guardian

    ★★★★ "Harlem-set version captivates with energy and charm."

  • Mail on Sunday

    ★★★★ "Staged in bright suits … great score, great fun. No wonder the run has been extended."

  • Sunday Express

    ★★★★ "This is no mere matter of colour-blind casting but the most successful relocation of its kind … scores in its depiction of romantic heartache."

  • The Reviews Hub

    ★★★★ "Enjoyable and entertaining throughout."

  • What's On Stage

    "Ashley Zhangazha's playful, counterpointed 'Luck Be A Lady' "

  • Stage Talk

    ★★★★ " ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ becomes a gospel fuelled revivalist meeting, converting not only the gamblers onstage but the audience too ..."

    • Manuel Harlan

    Abiona Omonua (Sarah Brown)

  • The Observer

    "Showgirl Miss Adelaide and Salvation Army sister Sarah may duet about marrying their gambler intendeds, but nuanced performances from Lucy Vandi and Abiona Omonua, respectively, leave no doubt that the odds against these women giving up their own careers and settling down to “golf, galoshes and Ovaltine” are around 99 to 1."

    • Manuel Harlan

    Lucy Vandi (Ms Adalaide)

  • The Telegraph

    "Lucy Vandi ... in one of the most emotionally sensitive performances of this role I’ve seen."

  • Morning Star

    ★★★★ " ... a fabulous ... show performed by hugely talented actors, singers, dancers and musicians."

    • Manuel Harlan

    Ray Fearon (Nathan Detroit)

  • The Stage

    "Ray Fearon ... is an imposing and formidable Nathan Detroit, a professional facilitator of gambling events who offers a perfect balance of strength and vulnerability."

  • A Younger Theatre

    “As the first ever all-black production of Guys and Dolls … this reworking and fresh approach to the casting of a classic musical also succeeds in disrupting the status quo of diversity in musicals.”

  • Nubian Times

    “With tempos that fly and parachute their way back down with grit and radiant charm, this show has plenty of laughs and feels that will colour any dull evening.”

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