Thursday, 15 June 2023

REVIEW: Mrs Doubtfire the Musical

Last week I went to see the new production of Mrs Doubtfire the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London's West End thanks to London Box Office. As a huge fan of the original film, I was very excited to see how the show translated into a stage and musical production. So, let's get into the review!

What Did I Like About This Show?

There's plenty to enjoy when it comes to Mrs Doubtfire, from the incredible cast performances, to the clever way they've incorporated the Mrs Doubtfire costume into the show, to the many jokes. This show is definitely a good time and you won't leave feeling like your money has been wasted by any means. If you're a fan of the movie, a lot of the original jokes are still remaining, alongside some new ones. 

A highlight for me personally was the song "Big Fat No", the song where Daniel attempts to convince Stuart (while in full Doubtfire costume) that his ex-wife is definitely not interested him. The comic timing between Gabriel Vick and Samuel Edwards is perfect here and the moment where I definitely found myself laughing the most.

I also loved that Gabriel Vick (playing Daniel/Mrs Doubtfire) wasn't copying Robin Williams. Obviously, Robin's performance is iconic, but Vick really made it his own.

What Didn't I Like About This Show?

While I found the show very enjoyable to watch, a lot of the jokes I laughed at were merely the same jokes from the movie, with the new additions not being that funny. In addition, while the songs were fun and pleasant to listen to, I wouldn't rush to re-listen to the soundtrack. They were fun to watch in a theatre environment, but they definitely remain in that box for me. 

Who Gave Standout Performances?

Of course, the entire cast were outstanding and giving it their all. Some standout performances for me were of course Gabriel Vick as Daniel Hillard. I've never seen an actor with so much range, it was truly mind-blowing. This role not only requires a triple threat, but also someone who can do an incredible range of impressions, which Vick absolutely nails. 

Another favourite was Carla Dixon-Hernandez as Lydia Hillard. She really sold me the character of a teenager who is almost forced to grow up too fast thanks to her parents divorce. Her voice is also incredible, so smooth and powerful. 

Who Should See This Show? 

This show is great for a family night out at the theatre. If you're looking for a safe, enjoyable bet, then Mrs Doubtfire is a sure thing. You won't leave feeling like you've wasted your ticket money and if you're a fan of the original movie then there is definitely a show to be enjoyed here. If you're looking for high art musical theatre or the next game-changing show, this probably isn't going to win you over. However, I don't think every show really needs to be this. Sometimes it's good to have lighthearted fun.

You can book your tickets at London Box Office HERE! 


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