Soapstar turns superstar in Guys and Dolls

PUBLISHED: 14:09 13 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:09 13 July 2016

Credit: Johan Persson

Credit: Johan Persson


Fun-loving New York musical Guys and Dolls made its debut last night (Tuesday) and thrilled the Bristol Hippodrome audience so much, the cast were given a standing ovation.

Credit: Johan Persson/Credit: Johan Persson/

But one cast member stood out in this talented company and that was former Coronation Street star Richard Fleeshman.

He may be well-known for his teenage goth character in the popular soap but his portrayal of gambler and all-round ‘sinner’ Sky Masterson is a far cry from the actor who graced our screens years ago.

However, he is no stranger to the stage and it is clear to see as his faultless American accent and perfect vocals signalled a strong all-rounded performance.

But the show had more strengths than just a strong lead.

Credit: Johan PerssonCredit: Johan Persson

Set in the 1950s, this story of ‘guys and their dolls’ is a story of love - and how love can sometimes get in the way when you’re a gambler.

It follows the story of Nathan Detroit who needs money – and needs it fast.

But his long-suffering fiancée Miss Adelaide will not put up with much more after being engaged to the rogue for 14 years.

But Nathan must win his latest bet with notorious gambler Sky Masterson to have any chance of keeping his wife-to-be.

Sky also finds himself in trouble as he falls for a girl who could finally change his ways.

The catchy songs and flawless dance routines certainly had me clapping along, and I was in awe of the clarity of the choreography.

It is quite a long production and the end of the first act is perhaps its strongest part but the sheer excitement of the musical numbers is enough to hold your interest.

Louise Dearman gives a near-faultless performance as Miss Adelaide and her character is so loveable, I was really routing for her to get her happy ending.

Guys and Dolls will be at the Bristol Hippodrome from tonight (Wednesday) until Saturday with performances at 7.30pm each night and performances at 2.30pm on tomorrow (Thursday) and Saturday.

Tickets, priced between £15-49.50, are available by clicking here.

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