BODS return to the Theatre Royal Stage this year with Sweet Charity. The story of Charity Hope Valentine who works in the seedy fandango club and who, alongside her companions, wishes to escape and live a better life. However, she is very skilful at finding unsuitable suitors.
  

Directed with style by Tristan Carter with musical direction by Peter Blackwood this is a show that swings from song to song. The script is thin with little real action in the storyline but there are some familiar tunes which allow the show to tick along. 

  
In the titular role of Charity, Lydia Marsh sings well. The arrival of Oscar (Aled Davies) brightens the pace and they make a good leading couple. Richard Pugh is a suitably self indulgent screen hero, Vittorio Vidal and the comedy around his song and Charity’s escape is a fine moment.

  
There are, as always, many cameo roles Rosie May Cook is hugely engaging as Helene and David Key Pugh ensures “I Love to cry at weddings” hits the right note.

  
The Fosse style choreography (Sammy Farrell and Alison Pritchard) is tackled with commitment by the company, whilst the costumes sparkle beautifully. It is always good to hear a live orchestra and the balance with the company is well handled by James Hartland on sound.

  

  

Petra Schofield