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Mean, green ...and a bloody musical treat! Theatre Review.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until Saturday. Running time 2hrs 10mins.

THEY say plants like the sound of music and this leafy specimen likes to sing, talk ... and feast on human blood.

The comedy musical spoof pays tribute to every sci-fi horror B movie ever made as it follows the fortunes of an alien green meanie who just keeps growing ... and growing ... and growing.

The magnificent voice of Clive Rowe brings to life singing plant, Audrey II, who transforms the life of humble shop assistant Seymour (Damian Humbley).

You can feel the sap and the terror rising as slowly Seymour releases the type of plant food Audrey II likes best.

It's a squeamish treat from start to finish with Sylvester McCoy as a Groucho Marx-like florist shop owner and Clare Buckfield as Audrey ... the love of mild-mannered Seymour's life.

To add to the fun there's former EastEnders villain Alex Ferns as "the leader of the plaque" - a motorcycle, leather-wearing dentist who lives to inflict pain.

His glee as his grabs a rusty drill and takes a whiff of laughing gas is a scene-stealing performance.

It might give you the heebie jeebies at your next dental appointment, but the London hit from the Menier Chocolate Factory will keep you rooted to your seats.

****

Marion McMullen

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PLANT FOOD... Bloodthirsty alien Audrey two gets a mouthful of TV star Clare Buckfield in the Belgrade's latest hit show, Little Shop Of Horrors.
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Date:Mar 4, 2009
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