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Bugsy Malone at the Kings Theatre - Review

Published: 17th April 2019 21:19

Who  knew that Portsmouth was full of such talented youngsters?

The opening night of Bugsy Malone at the Kings Theatre last night proved just that - and what an opening it was.

Set in New York in the twenties, the city is divided by two rival gangs. Dandy Dan's new splurge guns are the envy of Fat Sam whose gang has been obliterated by them. Worried that his Speakeasy is the next target, he hires Bugsy to accompany him to a meeting with a view to stealing the guns. Meanwhile, Bugsy is trying woo Blousey Brown, the newest singer in town which doesn't always go to plan.

The 1976 film used only child actors and the stage show did the same with young people from 23 schools across the area. It was always going to be a gamble but it definitely paid off.

Archie Porter as Bugsy was charming and Harrison Crangle as Fat Sam could not have been a better choice. 

Brenna Lucas  gave an excellent performance as the seductive Talulah and her version of 'My Name is Tallulah' was really enjoyable. In fact, it has to be said that the standard of singing from all the cast was very high and the sweet voice of Rosy Stephens as Blousey was just delightful.

Mention has to be made of Fizzy, the cleaner originally played by a male in the film. It was a complete surprise when Rosie Hollins opened her mouth to sing 'Tomorrow'. Such a strong voice from a young girl, she looks like she'll go far.

The Speakeasy scenes with the dancers were fun and colourful and the boxing scene was another highlight. Audiences won't be disappointed to learn that actual splurge guns and custard pies were a major part of the show.

The cast were professional throughout and so in tune with the fantastic orchestra, it's difficult to imagine that they only had ten days to rehearse.

Fun, colourful and unexpectedly wonderful, Southsea's version of Bugsy Malone is a fabulous production with a stage packed full of talent and undoubtedly some future stars to  watch out for.

Bugsy Malone is on at the Kings Theatre until Saturday 20th April. For tickets go to

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