Pulling the strings

Avenue Q cast and puppets.
Avenue Q cast and puppets.

THERE are musicals and there are musicals.

But, if your idea of an entertaining night out carries more expectation than a staging of Singing in the Rain, then you may be the target audience for Avenue Q.

This is a return showing which proved so popular first time around that the King’s could not deny the show another visit.

Avenue Q has enjoyed enormous success on Broadway and in London, being acclaimed as a perfect, contemporary musical.

Witty, rude and extremely funny, the show combines a cast of humans and puppets who tackle subjects such as dating, racism, being gay and finding your purpose in life.

The story follows Princeton, a bright-eyed college graduate new to the area, as he desperately tries to follow his dreams and discover his ever-elusive purpose in life.

A tiny bank balance, the distraction of a busty blonde and a variety of weird and wonderful friends and neighbours lead Princeton on a voyage of self-discovery.

Avenue Q is a musical about the lively and off-the-wall characters on a downtown, New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues — love, work, relationships and, above all, just how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English?

The cast for the UK tour features Sam Lupton as Princeton and Rod, Daniella Gibb as Kate and Lucy while Chris Thatcher stars in various roles as Nicky, Trekkie and Bear.

The Muppets, it isn’t. It could, however, provide an excellent night out and quite a few smiles too.

Avenue Q is playing at the King’s Theatre from Monday, May 14 till Saturday, May 19.

Tickets cost between £14.50 and £29.50 and are available from the box office on 08448 717 648 (booking fee in operation).