Having recently moved to Cardiff we’ve been surrounded by boxes and not had the opportunity to attend many events, including a night at the theatre. When we were invited to come along and review Legally Blonde at New Theatre you can only imagine my excitement. Firstly, I adore the production after seeing it last year, and secondly it was a great way to celebrate our move to Cardiff!
Legally Blonde follows the story of Elle, a sorority sister who creates a surprising plan to gain entry into Harvard to win back the love of her life. As well as making new friends, Elle discovers a love for law whilst remaining true to herself- and her love of pink!
Before I go into detail about the show, I want to say it’s probably one of the best musical performances I’ve seen in a while. I entered and left the theatre with the same huge buzz and couldn’t get the songs out of my head! Here’s why…
Firstly, the casting for this show is absolutely spot on. Elle Woods is performed by Lucie Jones, a lady with a whole lot of talent. Lucie was in the final of the X-Factor in 2009 as well as performing in other stage performances including Rent, Ghost and We Will Rock You, as well as representing the UK at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Her performance of Elle is outstanding; from her vocals to her dancing to her perfect comedy timing, she had the audience hooked from the start. I thought she performed with confidence, elegance and charm- she obviously belongs on the stage!
Joining Lucie upon the stage is Rita Simons playing Paulette, most famous for her performance as Roxie in Eastenders. Paulette is probably my favourite Legally Blonde character; she’s cute, bubbly, quirky and so incredibly funny. I loved the chemistry between Paulette and Elle, they were adorable together and an example of true friendship.
As well as these two talented ladies, the cast includes Bill Ward as Professor Callahan (a character who oozes arrogance and offers his students no mercy.), David Barratt performing as Emmett Forrest (the geeky, sweet and intelligent man who captures Elle’s heart.) and Liam Doyle as Warner Huntington III (Elle’s ex-boyfriend and a man on a mission to marry a ‘serious’ woman,).
As well as an outstanding cast there’s also amazing choreography created by Director and Choreographer Anthony Williams and Co-Choreographer Dean Street. The stage was an amazing sight as the performers moved perfectly in sync with one another, creating beautiful visuals and good excuse to get bopping in your seat!
The stage and set was also impressive, with interactive elements and clever designs. There were so many special and surprising moments including the mannequin scene and I think one of my favourite parts is the skipping rope scene with Brooke Wyndham (Helen Petrovna); it looks absolutely amazing on stage and how they have the energy for such a full on performance I’ll never know; it blows my mind!
When we left the theatre we both agreed the show is completely faultless. It’s engaging, hilarious, colourful and full of sentimentality. The cast and crew are simply exceptional and I wish I could see it again!
Legally Blonde is running at New Theatre until Saturday 25th November and tickets start from £17.50.
Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.