Last night Warren and I headed to see Everyman’s Open Air Theatre performance of Fiddler on the Roof after a lovely pre-theatre dinner at No 10 Cardiff. I have always had a soft spot for Fiddler on the Roof so I was really excited to see how it would transfer from film to stage.
Review: Open Air Theatre Presents Fiddler on the Roof
The stage was set with lovely wooden frames and doors, plus various props were used throughout the show adding various layers and textures to the visual elements.
Fiddler on the Roof follows the story of Tevye as he watches his five daughters grow up, fall in love and (for some) leave home. Through the trials and tribulations of the little town, we see the love between the family grow and blossom, even during the most testing of times…
I thought the performance was completely beautiful. Tevye was performed with a childlike magic, and it was a pleasure to watch.
I completely adored Golde, Tevye’s wife. Her performance was perfect and performed with such sincerity. As for her voice, well she blew me away several times and at times it was hard to hold back the tears. Her interaction on stage with Tevye was fantastic and I feel they truly did the film justice.
The five daughters were very well cast, and I thought Chava gave a heartbreaking performance and several times I felt a lump in my throat as her story unfolded. Yente offered glorious comic relief to compliment the more sentimental moments, and her performance went down really well with the entire audience.
There were two parts that really stood out for me during the performance. Firstly, the dream sequence, with ghosts, music and puppetry. The scene plays out between Tevye and Golde and it was absolutely fantastic! The choreography, singing and general performance was so professional, humorous and faultless.
Secondly, I adored the wedding scene between Tzeitel and Motel. The words spoken about how fast children go, how they were once small and now they’re soon to be married, it really resonated with me. I kept thinking of our children and how fast they are growing up, and I’m not ashamed to say I shed a tear.
Warren and I both agreed that the performance was completely beautiful, from perfect harmonies to fantastic choreography, we were blown away. With songs such as Matchmaker and If I Was a Rich Man, this performance is not to be missed!
You can catch Fiddler on the Roof from now until 28th July and tickets start from £14.00.