Half term is a joy! I’ve had a really busy but great week. I’ve spent most of it in London which has been wonderful, mooching about and feeling the pulse of the city. I was also lucky enough to get some really good seats to see Mrs Doubtfire too. I feel like I’ve been waiting really patiently because I just missed out when it was in Manchester for a really short run. As soon as it was announced that it was coming to London, I had to see it.
Making its home at the Shaftesbury Theatre, Mrs Doubtfire opened on May 12th and are taking ticket sales until January 2024. I’m so glad it’s getting a lengthy run – it really does deserve it. I’ve got to say, I think this is the best show I’ve seen this year so far. It’ll be really hard to beat!
It’s hard to think of Mrs Doubtfire without thinking of the 90s classic film with Robin Williams. The plot for this show hasn’t changed. Out of work actor Daniel Hillard will do anything for his kids. However, the relationship with his wife has turned sour and following their middle child, Chris’s birthday, decide to divorce. Daniel is devastated and ends up losing custody of them.
He learns that Miranda wants to hire and Nanny to help with the children and some light housework. Daniel sees this as an opportunity to see his children more and thus, Euphegenia Doubtfire, the Scottish nanny, is born and all of their lives are changed forever.
This cast really is something special. First and foremost, Gabriel Vick really is something else. It’s like he was born to be Mrs Doubtfire. I don’t have the words for just how talented he is. Naturally, he received a standing ovation for his performance.
Laura Tebbutt plays Miranda perfectly and her solos were really out of this world. I also thought she was perfect for this, just like Vick for Daniel, you could see they are the perfect onstage pairing.
I also loved Cameron Blakely and Marcus Collins as Frank Hillard and his husband Andre, respectively. The comedy these two provided really was brilliant as well as the importance of a gay couple trying to adopt. I thought that added touch was really inspired for the times we live in now.
I’m always really excited by the child performers. After all, they are the next generation. Carla Dixon-Hernandez plays Lydia perfectly. I’ve seen her in Matilda and her vocals just shine. The younger children, Chris and Natalie have a range of actors but for the show I saw their roles were played by Elliot Mugume and Scarlett Davies. Both of these are making their debut.
Finally, the ensemble were genius too. They had multiple costume changes and different genres to deal with and they really were an added bonus to the show. This cast is probably one of the strongest I’ve seen ever. A huge shout out goes to Lisa Mathieson too. Gosh, that girl can sing!
You can find out information on all the cast here.
Staging, Singing and Dancing
This show provides its audiences with another great soundtrack. Make Me A Woman was a standout for me and I also loved the cooking show too, Easy Peasy. I think the addition of the YouTube video was really clever and again, perfect for our current times. He Lied To Me from the flamenco dancer (Lisa Methieson) was fabulous as well but my favourite song has to be As Long As Their Is Love. Everyone left feeling that one for sure.
Staging wise, there’s quite a lot of changes so it’s a complicated set. You’ve got Daniel’s flat, the family home, the salon, the court, just to name a few. A lot of work has gone into this for sure. No photos of that sadly as the screen was down for the interval and ending.
I’ve seen a number of shows this year, Mrs Doubtfire being number 9 and this has to be my favourite so far. I loved the film growing up and despite the sadness within the story, it teaches us all the importance of family, whatever that looks like. I really want to see this again and just fall in love with it all over again. I’ve mentioned some hints throughout but I’ve loved the modern additions: the iPads, the YouTube tutorials meaning that you can love the original and love this just as much. Vick makes Mrs Doubtfire his own; he was born to do this part.
I’ve also seen The Great British Bake off and Six too so I’ll be sharing those soon! Enjoy the rest of the week loves!
Big Love xx