Grease the musical: Review, York Theatre Royal

By Michelle Rawlins

‘Go Grease lighting…’ 

If you aren’t singing this continually for at least 24 hours after you’ve been to see this latest production at York Theatre Royal, there’s something very wrong. 

This fast and furious, foot tapping, singalong show is packed full of energy and has everything you expect from Britain’s most loved musical.

From the infamous eye-popping and impeccably choreographed hand jive, the much loved ‘The Word’ and the unforgettable Beauty School Drop Out – encompassing white jumpsuits and silver clad angels, it’s jam packed full of youthful exuberance.

The story of high school teenagers Danny (James Horsman) and Sandy (Sarah Craggs) and their rocky journey to true love has been brilliantly retold countless times since Grease first hit our screens in 1971. 

And York Light Opera Company’s adaptation is no exception. Under the direction of Martyn Knight, who also doubles up as choreographer, a spectacular show is delivered.

With a dazzling and impressive set of bright lights, ever changing scenery and the iconic red convertible Chevrolet, you could  easily be fooled into thinking you are in the West End.

All the expected and adrenalin fuelled scenes are delivered to an impeccably high standard, from the fast paced memorable high school dance off, to the impressive solo ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ and the eternally catchy ‘Greased Lightning’ performed by the talented Jack Armstrong as Kenickie. 

And of course the end of show confrontation where the once wholesome Sandy reinvents herself as a man-eating temptress, in her skin tight black leather trousers, tousled hair has enough oomph to give Olivia Newton-John a run for her money.

This may not be Broadway but this excellent amateur dramatics company certainly know how to put on a truly impressive performance. I’m not surprised the atmosphere was electric, the audience were on their feet and why tickets are selling like lightning.


Showing until February 23. 

Tickets: From £12 and family tickets available.

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Photos by Alasdair Elmes and Anthony Robling

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