REVIEW: SHOES

SHOES is Sadler's Wells' latest production, written by Richard Thomas, of Jerry Springer: The Opera fame. This musical revue takes every possible type of shoe, it seems, and shows us how our rela

SHOES, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1

SHOES is Sadler's Wells' latest production, written by Richard Thomas, of Jerry Springer: The Opera fame.

This musical revue takes every possible type of shoe, it seems, and shows us how our relationship with them is a metaphor for life.

Ugg boots, Crocs, Jimmys and Manolos all get a look-in - to great comic effect, at times. Highlights are Hush Puppies, a beautifully lyrical portrayal of complicated infidelity, and Your Mum - a joyful tap number that sweeps you along.


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The production showcases the talents of top choreographers under the direction of Stephen Mears, and Kate Prince's (Into the Hoods) offerings are a highlight. The ensemble is boosted further with standout dance performances from Teneisha Bonner and Ebony Molina and mind-blowing vocals from Alison Jiear and Kate Miller-Heidke.

Visually the show lives up to the hype, but you can't help wishing the themes had been more thought-provoking. Nonetheless, a sure-fire hit if it transfers to the West End.

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- RACHAEL BAILEY

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