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11th September 2017 - 16th September 2017
The Olivier Award-winning, West End smash hit musical from the writer of Calendar Girls is back!
On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Joe Casey commits a petty crime in a bid to impress the girl of his dreams. When the police arrive he faces a life changing decision; does he stay and own up like an honest man, or make his escape and go on the run? Joe’s world splits in two and in a “sliding doors” moment two very different paths unfold before him.
Starring Deena Payne (Emmerdale’s “Viv Hope”) and George Sampson (Britain’s Got Talent), we invite you to put on your “Baggy Trousers” and join the “House of Fun” in this spectacular, hilarious and uplifting musical about love and family.
You’ll be singing “It Must be Love” all the way home!
We regret that Linda Nolan will no longer be appearing in the upcoming tour of Our House due to personal medical reasons. Our thoughts are with Linda and her family at this difficult time.
Like any "jukebox musical", the success of the show depends largely on the range and quality of the music it attempts to embrace and how it becomes the backbone of a believable story. In the case of Our House, the writer producer and director had an excellent pedigree to work with, turning the music of Madness into a contemporary tale of good vs. bad.
The story itself is split neatly into the two potential lives of 16 year old Joe Casey (played by Jason Kajdi) after a run in with the police on his birthday - he could follow either, one where he does the right thing and another where he clearly doesn't and the story seamlessly follows both (so a kind of musical Sliding Doors). Not that this is ever confusing - with coloured front doors moving about the stage indicating which character is being portrayed. This does mean though that there are some rapid costume changes for Kadji to carry out (leading to the show appearing in the Guinness Book Of Records for the highest number of quick changes an actor has to make) though the audience may suspect that some of these are not quite all that they seem…
The story revolves around "our house" where generations of the Casey family have grown up and which is under threat of demolition (indeed, crucial to the plot is the fact that it was built by the Casey family many years ago). The father (Callum McArdle in a role which has also been played by Suggs himself) is long gone but reappears in almost ghostly form at regular intervals to comment on and guide his son whilst his mother (Deena Payne who played Emmerdale's Viv Hope) is at risk of losing either her life and home if her son follows the wrong path (aided and abetted by Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson in an amusing skinhead role) or having her future secured in her abode if he does the right thing, helped by girlfriend lawyer Sarah (Sophie Matthew).
The music is, of course, central to the production and is helped by a small but very effective band of four musicians (sadly under the stage in the orchestra pit rather than on it) - indeed, it seems at times that it is a competition between the musicians and the singers such is the volume of both.
Unlike in some musicals, the songs are both relevant to the plot and actually flow naturally. So expect many of the band's hits to be woven into the storytelling, such as Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Embarrassment, Driving My Car, Tomorrow's Just Another Day, One Better Day, House of Fun, It Must Be Love and, of course, the show's title track. There is also somewhat unexpectedly Night Boat To Cairo (given that the location of the show is North London) with an equally unexpected singer performing it and also the inclusion of one relatively little-played hit, the wonderful largely instrumental The Return of the Los Palmas 7 which is used in a dance routine and not even mentioned in the show's credits. And talking of the dance routines - these are superbly carried out, very energetic, acrobatic and fun and bring to life the music itself, something which Madness band members must have approved of, given their somewhat unorthodox approach to music videos for their songs.
This is obviously a show which the cast thoroughly enjoy performing and when the audience sees this, they are equally enthralled by the music, dance, songs and story. In the words of Suggs himself: "With Our House there's so much depth, so much intensity, so much pathos" - there is also plenty of warmth, humour and family love which has made it an award-winner for more than a decade.
Wow. The show was fantastic. So much energy from the cast. Fantastic actors, singers and dancers. Great costume changes by Joe Casey ( only one missed shoe change I believe) . A really enjoyable show. We were singing all the way home. Well done everyone.
Excellent fast and fast and furious show
Well worth a watch
One of the best shows I've seen - up there with Billy Elliot - so much energy from all of the cast and the dancing was fantastic. Would love to go back and see it again - maybe catch it somewhere else.
Fantastic - loved it - uplifting and brilliantly performed - a must see - would definitely see again.
Wow loved the show so much on Tuesday night, went to see it again today. Love all the characters and the energy of the show is amazing...a real feel good show.
Took awhile to understand the plot but enjoyed it as it goes along at a gallop. The cast must be exhausted. Loved Callum McArdle's voice and all the cast sang, danced and acted well
"GO! GO! GO!" to see this wonderful show, fantastic story, song and dance for any age, my son (14) thoroughly enjoyed it, enough to ask to visit again hopefully later this week? absolutely excellent from start to finish, definitely the best show we have seen this year!