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Fiddler On The Roof at Royal & Derngate (Derngate)

If I was a rich man I would go back and watch Fiddler On The Roof every night, such was the delight of the whole thing.

Only my second musical theatre outing after Blood Brothers, it would seem that I might slowly be converted by the whole thing, having been slightly unconvinced previously. I was also coming to the story cold as well, having never seen the 1971 film with Topol.

Set in 1905, it tells the story of a Jewish family headed by Tevye (Paul Michael Glaser) and the matchmaking of his children and the eventual historic events to come.

As Tevye, Glaser is a sprightly masterpiece of comedy gold and knowing looks, often cleverly pinpointing members of the audience for his stares or skyward for the good Lord. He rules the roost of the show, but is surrounded by a cast of highly talented, and for us mere mortals, sickeningly skilled performers.

The cast of this challenging play has the enviable task of acting, dancing, singing and playing an assortment of musical instruments. The later, often being manhandled across the stage (bad luck double bass man).

Director Craig Revel Horwood really has gathered a talented bunch of individuals which would be slightly cruel to single out, however I will. Jon Trenchard is perfect as high pitched Motel, while Neil Salvage provides comic gold in his role as Neil Salvage. Finally the slinky and sexy Jennifer Douglas is quite delightful as the fleet of foot Fiddler of the title.

However, like I say this is a cruel selection process as the whole cast are excellent, as were the two young ladies from the Royal & Derngate Youth Theatre.

A catchy, lively show, well staged, and well acted. Quite delightful.

http://www.fiddlerontheroof.co.uk/

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