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Review: The Addams Family at Wales Millennium Centre.

We are massive fans of Halloween and well, anything spooky, and one of our favourite movies is The Addams Family! So we were super excited to head to Wales Millennium Centre today for a family matinee of the stage version. I had no idea what to expect, a full musical version was something I felt oddly excited about because I adore musicals, but I wasn't sure how the children would react.

Did I already say we love Halloween?! We are crazy Halloween-ers and every year we have a party and get all dressed up to celebrate all things creepy and ghoulish, often I wish I could dress that way day-to-day but alas my love of black doesn't run that deep (Warren's however does!). Ever since last Halloween George has been desperate to dress as Gomez and Molly as Wednesday this year, and I think the show added fuel to his spooky fire!
The story doesn't link to the movie, instead it follows a slightly older Wednesday who has fallen in love with a 'normal' boy. Her plan is to announce their engagement at dinner, but with deceit and mischief comes a lot of drama from this kooky clan! 
The stage was perfectly set, with interchangeable sections and a very spooky and dark vibe. The costumes were also very well thought out, detailed and deliciously rich and spooky. I absolutely adored the ensemble, they added visual layers of delight and harmonies to die for. I also loved their various costumes and the ballerina stood out for me quite a lot. The show was deliciously choreographed and my attention was kept the entire time as the story moved along with the aid of song. 

The story was very easy to follow, in fact the whole performance reminded me of old musicals that have a simple story but killer songs to entertain the audience. The musical side of things was absolutely outstanding, and Gomez (Cameron Blakely) was amazing, from his singing to his dancing and beyond, he held my attention throughout. I thought he was amazing and I felt for him being torn between his wife and his daughter's wishes...

Morticia (Samantha Womack) was her usual deeply dark and tantalising self; her voice was lovely and I loved her duets with Gomez. Their storyline was one I could relate to, watching my own children grow and change and need me a little less. I can only imagine how it will be for Warren and I one day soon, when Molly or George ask us for their confidence- being a parent is hard, even when you're an Allen, I mean Addams...

Carrie Hope Fletcher stood out for me in her role as Wednesday. Her voice was powerful and gorgeous to listen to and her acting was spot on. I totally grasped her teen/young adult version of Wednesday, and her presence on stage was fantastic. I also adored Charlotte Page as Alice Beineke, her voice was outstanding and her acting was spot on, her transition from 'square' to fun and feisty was well executed and I thought she excelled in her role.

I have to be honest and say that, as amazing as Warren and I (and the other audience members) thought it was, George and Molly were a bit restless at times and I felt there was a lot of adult humour, as well as physical fondling of characters. With that in mind, I guess it's best to be prepared as a parent if you're taking your children along to the show!

The Addams Family was a lot of fun, and it's made me very excited for Halloween (yes, I get excited this early on in the year!). The stage, set, costume and cast are all amazing and it's hard not to bop along to the music.

The Addams Family is running until 12th August 2017, so grab your tickets whilst you can!

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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