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Look who’s moved into the neighbourhood!

Everyone’s favourite kooky family, The Addams, are coming to Wales Millennium Centre this August. Here are 5 reasons why it would be ludicrous to miss it.

  1. It’s the Addams Family, set in modern day America

The Addams Family first appeared on our TV screens in the 1960s. However, this UK premiere of The Addams Family Musical transports the family (living, dead and undecided) into the 21st Century, complete with humorous references to modern politics and empathic family dramas.

Many of you will recognise this weird and wonderful family from the 1991 ‘The Addams Family’ film, which starred Raul Julia as Gomez and Anjelica Huston as Morticia. But even if you are yet to be acquainted with the Addamses, don’t let that put you off joining them when they arrive at the Centre. This musical features a stand-alone story which will entertain whether you are 7 or 70.

  1. There’s a stellar cast line up.

Les Dennis, Dickon Gough, Samantha Womack, Grant McIntyre, Cameron Blakely, Carrie Hope Fletcher,Valda Aviks. THE ADDAMS FAMILY. (Matt Martin)

Morticia is played by Samantha Womack (probably best known as Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders). Donning a glamorous black gown, she stars alongside Cameron Blakely and Les Dennis to bring the Addams Family back to life.

We are also delighted to welcome Carrie Hope Fletcher back to the Centre. She’s ditched the Truly Scrumptious look for a more sombre attire as Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, who longs to impress her boyfriend’s respectable family for ‘one normal night’, which leads to a fateful dinner between the two households with hilarious consequences.

  1. It’s a musical!

Unlike the television series and film, this Addams Family tale comes equipped with numerous musical numbers that will leave toes tapping and fingers clicking for days. The show features a live orchestra and original score by Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa. My favourite number was ‘Pulled’ which you can hear Carrie Hope Fletcher as Wednesday singing below.

But don’t take my word for it! With loads more original songs to choose from, I’ll let you decide on your own favourite to sing in the car on the way home.

  1. The Dead never looked so good

The cast of THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Credit Matt Martin (2)

The musical has been revised for its UK tour and comes with a complete set makeover. Audiences can expect a visual treat, from the gloriously ghoulish graveyard where our story begins to the glamorous costumes and hairstyles which ensures that no two characters look the same. Even the undead can’t help but go unnoticed… all though they try their best! And watch out for that portrait on the wall… though it might watch you back!

  1. There’s something in it for everyone

Define normal. Impossible! Everyone’s perception of normal is a little bit different and that’s okay! All of us are strange in our own ways and that’s something we should all embrace.  Whether you’re a parent with a daughter falling in love for the first time, have an eternal loathing for those who spout happy poems at random or are simply finding yourself in love with the moon, then you’ll certainly relate to the Addams Family as their domestic drama unfolds around the dinner table.

If one thing is for sure, you will not want to miss joining the Addams Family for a night of macabre mayhem. We can guarantee you’ll leave the theatre with a smile on your face, a spring in your step and a click of your fingers.