Review: Brookside Theatre’s Goodnight Sweetheart the musical both heartwarming and entertaining

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2018

Goodnight Sweetheart at the Brookside Theatre.

Goodnight Sweetheart at the Brookside Theatre.

Brookside Theatre

I’ve got to admit, I didn’t really know anything about the classic BBC series Goodnight Sweetheart before this week.

That was until I went to Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, Romford, where the show, which was originally aired in 1993, was turned into a musical live on stage.

And soon enough I realised not only was I sitting in a theatre in 2018, I was being transported to a living room in the 80s and to east end pub The Royal Oak in 1940.

As soon as the lights were dimmed and the sound of fighter planes flying through the sky were heard, I was excited to discover what it was all about.

This musical adaptation, written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, retold the tale of how married TV repairman Gary Sparrow stumbled across Duckett’s Passage, an alleyway which takes him back in time to a war-torn London where he falls in love with barmaid Phoebe.

Jai Sepple who played Gary and also produced and directed the show, gave a heart warming performance, making it impossible not to like the bubbly, funny and sensitive character.

Gary’s love interest Phoebe, played by Kirsty Cherrett, acted the part of the sweet barmaid to a T and I couldn’t get enough of her singing voice, and looked forward to her coming on stage in the hope she would sing again.

The talent of these two leading actors was also balanced with the funny performances of Madeleine Jennings, who was Gary’s wife Yvonne, Ron played by Steven Crouch as well as David Ward who was Jack Fortune, the mysterious man that helped Gary go back in time.

Goodnight Sweetheart the musical featured hit songs including With a Little Help from My Friends, Addicted to Love, Time After Time and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

Although I preferred listening to the music from the 1940s era compared to the 80s, this is a feel good musical that is definitely worth a watch.

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