The Sound Of Music at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

Matt Jones as Rudyard Kipling and Lynn Pegler as his wife Carrie.

Playwright brings Kipling’s story back to Hampshire

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The Portsmouth Players production of the classic musical is a faithful adaption of the Rodgers and Hammersteins original.

The audience seem happy enough as they silently mouth along the words with a grin on their faces.

But in a way, for that exact reason, it seems a bit samey. Kim Seagrove is a wonderful Maria, but it’s difficult to call her performance original.

A definite highlight is the children (the blue team happily graced the stage), especially with their performance of Do-Re-Mi, where the young actors didn’t miss a trick.

Patrick Robert’s (Mother Abbess) performance of Climb Every Mountain brought the house down. A lovely way to celebrate her 50th show with the company.

It was a bit difficult to ignore the loud banging and shuffling underneath the actor’s performances when sets were changed, but they looked good none the less.

A traditional and solid production.