Arts & Entertainment

Little Shop of Horrors

Tyler Coppin and Brent Hill in Little Shop of Horrors. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Hot on the heels of a critically celebrated whirlwind national tour and a slew of Helpmann Award nominations, Little Shop of Horrors returns to Sydney, where it all began in February, for a strictly limited season.

This gleefully gruesome musical horror comedy’s 21st Century update is courtesy of Luckiest Productions and Tinderbox Productions.

In this cult classic, a struggling flower shop in the rough part of town is prepared to shut it its doors for good, when timid and downtrodden employee Seymour Krelborn (Brent Hill) discovers a tremendous little plant that changes everything.

“The plant attracts customers and business starts booming, but the plant gets dangerous and hungry, it gets a life of its own and all hell breaks loose…” explained Tyler Coppin, who plays opportunistic shop owner Mr Mushnik.

With an upbeat Motown score and some serious puppet wizardry, this production brings together a talented crop of seasoned and fresh performers and behind the scenes creatives.

“The audience won’t see a puppet, they’re going to see a freakin’ plant that eats people!” exclaimed Coppin.

According to Coppin, when master puppet makers Erth were approached to create Audrey II (the constantly expanding, man-eating plant) for this production, “they said ‘we’ve been waiting thirty years for someone to ask us to make this puppet!’”

“It’s no throwaway little ditty our production, we look at the human elements behind it, the soulful connections we make, [and] the reasons behind every action we take,” added Coppin.

This production promises to be the full package, and should delight fans of the original production, the 1960 or 1986 film adaptions, and lovers of musical horror everywhere. (AM)

Jul 20–30, 8pm evenings + 2pm matinees. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. $79.90-$119.90. Tickets & info:

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