Heathers The Musical, based on the 1988 cult classic by Daniel Waters, is currently touring the UK and Ireland. Following two smash hit London seasons it recently stopped off at Southwest London’s premier theatrical venue, New Wimbledon Theatre. Following the tour Heathers The Musical will return to The Other Palace from 25th November. Despite having not seen the film Heathers The Musical has been on my theatre watch list for a while.
Welcome to Westerberg High, where Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. Until JD turns up, the mysterious teen rebel who teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it is murder to be a somebody.
Described on their website as “wickedly funny” the dark comedy explores important issues including suicide, rape, and homosexuality. It’s great to see shows that tackle hard-hitting topics, and more impressive that this was a film from the 80s. And whilst there are some deep themes covered the memorable songs, upbeat choreography and vibrant set and costumes keep things light. Heathers The Musical will have you laughing throughout and keep you enticed with their interesting storyline and plot twists.
The entire cast are extremely talented but Rebecca Wickes in the lead role of Veronica Sawyer is an absolute powerhouse. She commands the stage in her solos and has great chemistry with Simon Gordon who plays love interest JD. My standout performance of the night was Andy Brady and Kurt Kansley with their duet of My Dead Gay Son. They brought the stage to life, had the audience in hysterics and tackled a sensitive subject in a great way. Also, Mhairi Angus’s rendition of Kindergarten Boyfriend was hauntingly beautiful.
It’s easy to see why Heathers The Musical has a cult following with audience members dressed in the iconic Heather’s outfit. The incredible cast, impressive choreography and sets and costumes that perfectly portray an American high school, all come together to create an amazing show. The show had me laughing throughout and the songs are now firm favourites on my Spotify playlist. I would definitely recommend going to see the show if you get the chance as it’s a really great night out. Check the tour schedule and order your tickets now