The Sorrows of Satan is a musical melodrama filmed in the ballroom in the sumptuous surroundings of a quintessential stately home in the South of England, which, follows a successful run at the Tristan Bates Theatre some time back, now returns digitally, directed by Adam Lenson.
The team also behind The Fabulist Fox Sister at Southwark Play House, Luke Bateman and Michael Conley have reimagined the story of Faust in 1920’s London.
Geoffrey Tempest played by Luke Bateman is a struggling penniless writer who chances upon a mysterious benefactor in the form of Prince Lucio Rimanez. A tense and provocative mix of comedy, thought provoking and humorous slapstick unravels.
This performance is intriguing, sometimes dark and claustrophobic. The set and lighting gave it an authentic atmosphere. The giant portraits, floral bouquets and rugs gave it a suitably decadent feel. There strongly is a macabre and disturbing undertone as well. Comedy brings a light hearted diversion to with the characters knowingly sending themselves up.
The singing was of a high standard with unusual numbers such as TaTaTatarus bringing the show to life. Molly Lynch plays Lady Cybil perfectly with her flapper girl costume looking and sounding like the real deal. The acting was all extremely believable and used great imagination to transport the viewer to the time it was set.
The production itself was slick and well put together. It’s a brave leap at the current time but I think this duo is carving a niche for themselves. It’s worth a watch for the pure eccentricity of the show. https://www.thesorrowsofsatan.com/
Reviewer: Rachel Foster
Reviewed: 6th May 2021
North West End UK Rating: ★★★★