Review: Fiddler On The Roof, Kings theatre, Southsea

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We may be feeling the chill of autumn outside, but in The Kings it’s summer and I’m watching South Downe Musical Society’s production of Fiddler on the Roof.

As conductor Alan Pring strikes up his superb orchestra, I’m grinning like a half-wit being swept along on a musical feast of songs.

It’s 1905 and times they are a-changin. Humble milkman Teyve’s faith is being tested by three wayward daughters who want to marry for love rather than tradition and are not accepting the choices presented to them by Yentl, a matchmaker, played by the charismatic Jane Pegler. The sisters Rebecca North, Anneke Poppleton and Rachel Davies, are all strong but its North who brings a welcome piquancy to the role and has a delightfully warm vocal tone.

This was producer Audrey Pring’s swansong. A worthy tribute.