BOADS' The Little Shop of Horrors promises mix of comedy and horror

Torbay Weekly

Brixham Operatic and Dramatics Society (BOADS) are bringing their production of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s musical Little Shop of Horrors to Brixham Theatre this month.

The show will run from Wednesday, October 27, to Saturday, October 30, with performances at 7.30pm and an additional matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday, October 30.

The production is BOADS' first musical since their acclaimed production of South Pacific in 2019 and was originally planned for 2020 - the Covid pandemic prevented this, but the cast and crew are now raring to get on with the show.

The cult musical has devoured the hearts of audiences around the world for over 30 years.

It tells the story of Seymour, a floral assistant, who accidentally finds a cute, new breed of plant which he names 'Audrey II'.

He soon discovers the plant can talk and that it promises to grant him fame, fortune and all his worldly desires, but only in return for a constant supply of fresh human blood.

Soon 'Audrey II' grows into an ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore that Seymour can no longer control.

Little Shop of Horrors will mark the directorial debut of Paula Shand, a seasoned member of BOADS, who has previously been both a stage manager and actor on stage.

Collaborating with her, the musical director John Budden will direct a live band, a role he has taken at BOADS for the last four musical productions.

The show is a dark tale based upon a 1960s thriller which featured a very young Jack Nicholson and originally opened off-Broadway in 1982. It is perhaps best known for the 1986 film adaption starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and Bill Murray. It remains a cult favourite with modern audiences.

The musical version of the show was written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also penned Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.

Hilarious and tuneful and with a tongue firmly planted in every leafy cheek, The Little Shop of Horrors never fails to entertain with its mix of comedy and horror.

Tickets are £15, seniors £13 and under-18s £10 with a discount for group bookings, and on sale via the Brixham Theatre box office - call 01803 415987 - Monday to Saturday, 10am to midday and online at