The cult story of love, domestic abuse and a man-eating plant – all of which grow throughout – is loved by many and audiences in Manchester can’t wait to see Durham-born Sam Lupton (who trained in Manchester) and Devonshire dumpling and country bumpkin Stephanie Clift as the “relatable” Seymour and Audrey. Welsh baritone and X Factor star (2007) – the first six of whom’s albums went platinum; the fifth being chart-topping – Rhydian (Roberts) plays Orin the Dentist.

The hit musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors comes to the Palace Theatre between Monday 31 October – Saturday 5 November and tells the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s tale of the assistant of Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it ‘Audrey II’ in order to impress glamorous Audrey, who also works in the shop and is dating a sado-masochistic evil dentist who likes to inflict pain on people, he’s secretly in love with (Seymour with Audrey not the dentist). Audrey II has a mind of its own and soon grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore with an appetite that can’t be satisfied. Seymour must keep the meals coming to stop his prized plant from wilting, but how far is he willing to go to get the girl of his dreams?

Although originally offered the part of Seymour, which he turned down to play the usual typecast villainous role, Rhydian has performed with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Michael Bublé, Taylor Swift, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Nicole Scherzinger and has aspirations to perform in Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Role Along, Les Misérables and Phantom of the Opera, having already conquered roles in Jesus Christ Superstar, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Grease, We Will Rock You and The War Of The Worlds.

The cast will also feature Paul Kissaun (Calamity Jane, Fiddler on the Roof, UK Tours) as Mushnik, Sasha Latoya (Rent, Greenwich Theatre, Britain’s Got Talent) as Crystal, Vanessa Fisher (Hairspray, UK Tour) as Chiffon, Cassie Clare (Cats, West End) as Ronnette and Josh Wilmott (Spamalot, We Will Rock You, UK Tours) as Audrey II. Concluding with Phil Adele, Stephanie McConville and Neil Nicholas.

The original production opened Off-Broadway in 1982 before moving to the Orpheum Theatre Off-Broadway later that year, where it ran for five years and won numerous awards including the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical. It opened in the West End the following year, and in 1986 was adapted into the now iconic cult film starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. Other notable stage productions include the 2006 London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory and in the West End, starring Sheridan Smith as Audrey. Many a youth and amateur socieity across the UK have performed the show to acclaim too.

Features music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman – best known for their collaborations on iconic Walt Disney films including The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, for which they received Academy Awards – the show is directed by Tara Wilkinson (Associate Director of Motown the Musical, Memphis and Sunday in the Park With George, all in the West End) with choreography by Matthew Cole (Footloose The Musical UK Tour), design by David Shields, lighting design by Charlie Morgan Jones and sound design by Gareth Owen. The Musical Supervisor is Mark Crossland. It is presented by Sell a Door Theatre Company and Damien Tracey Productions by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited. Sell a Door Theatre Company have previously toured critically acclaimed productions of Avenue Q, Footloose, and American Idiot which all enjoyed hit runs at the Palace Theatre, Manchester.


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