Aida at St Peters Theatre, Southsea

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I must confess to knowing nothing of Aida before seeing this production, but I can honestly say it is everything a musical should be; a timeless love story with rousing music and impressive sword fights!

Based on Guiseppe Verdi’s Opera of the same name, Aida sees a Nubian princess captured by enemy Egyptian soldiers, but she falls in love with her captor.

Helen Stoddart was ethereal and poised as the noble princess-turned-handmaiden Aida, whilst John-Paul McCrohon, who also directed, was unfaltering and sensitive as her beloved Egyptian captor Radames.

CCADS really are the cream of the crop in the musical theatre genre, and this production showcased their talent in abundance.

A particular highlight was Matt Sackman as Aida’s friend and confidante who gave a stunningly understated, absorbing performance.

The fabulous costumes, slick direction and exceptional live musical accompaniment only sought to demonstrate the professionalism of this show and with it being only the third ever UK production since it’s release earlier this year, this is one not to miss!

Until Saturday.