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Clare Buckfield

Little Shop Away

The Jersey Opera House production of Little Shop of Horrors is taking to the road and heading for Leicester.

Little Shop of Horrors Cast & Crew

Audrey - Clare Buckfield
Seymour - Ashley Vallance (same as Summer production)
Orin - Jay Simon
Mushnik - Richard Ashley
Ronnette - Shirani Bolle (was in original production of 'Bombay Dreams')
Crystal - Sally Hunt
Chiffon - Jacqui Zvimba
Audrey II (voice) - Irvine Iqbal (also in 'Bombay Dreams')
Audrey II (manipulation) - Andy Heath (same as Summer, local lad, worked on new 'Hitch-Hikers Guide' film and Jim Henson puppet TV)
Patrick Martin. Customer - Daniel Mortimer (same as Summer)

Directed by - Ian Stephens
Musical Supervisor - Kennedy Aitchison
Original Choreography - Barbara Evans

Little Shop of Horrors is the first Jersey Opera House fully produced show to go on tour in the UK.

Clare Buckfield and Noel Sullivan reprised their roles as Sandy and Danny in Grease to perform a medley of songs at the London Palladium, from the Opera House production, but this will be the first full tour.

Opera House technical staff, led by Stage Manager Robin Griggs, and Deputy Director Irene Hamilton as Company Manager, have all been involved once again and are part of the team going over to Leicester to run the show.

There are a few changes to the cast treading the boards at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, flying the flag for the Jersey Opera House.

Rehearsing for Little Shop of Horrors

The Jersey cast included Tracy Shaw as Audrey and John Altman as Orin the dentist. 

The Leicester cast will see Clare Buckfield (TV's Steel River Blues, 2 Point 4 Children, Grange Hill) play the part of Audrey. 

Clare took the role of Sandy in last summer's production of Grease in Jersey. She's thrilled to be back in Jersey for rehearsals, and will do a great job in Leicester.

Ashley Vallance will return to play the part of Seymour. Orin will be played by Jay Simon and Mushnik by Richard Ashley. 

Rehearsing for Little Shop of Horrors

Jay Simon has countless experience on the stage (Guys & Dolls, Dangerous Obsession, and A Slice of Saturday Night), film (Something Borrowed, Knight & Templar, This Charming Man) and small screen (EastEnders, The Knock, Murder in Suburbia).

Richard Ashley trained at the famous Italia Conti School in the 1960's and has appeared in West End shows (Jesus Christ Superstar), TV (Rumpole of the Bailey, EastEnders, Miss Marples) and film (Cloudbuster).

Dan Mortimer plays the part of Patrick Martin, and the part of Audrey II will be played by Andy Heath and Irvine Iqbal.

Rehearsing for Little Shop of Horrors

Irvine Iqbal, the voice of Audrey II, trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and has since gone on to appear in many UK shows, including the original West End production of Bombay Dreams.

Jacqui Zvimba (Chiffon), Sally Hunt (Crystal) and Shirani Bolle (Ronnette) are the chorus, and Jersey-based Dan Mortimer returns as ensemble and understudy Seymour.

The show will run from Monday, 13 December until Saturday, 18 December and will be on at 20:00 each night. Tickets are being sold at £26.50, £22.50, £18.50.

last updated: 09/12/04
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Should the Jersey Opera House be producing shows or should it just be a bookable venue?
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Adrian C
TOTALLY! The set was as good as anything I've seen in the West End. In fact Jersey Opera House's production of 'Little Shop of Horrors' could rival many West End shows. More productions like this one please. LOOK OUT LONDON!

I can't believe that the theatre critic who reviewed this show failed to comment on the set-design! It was fantastic! Did anyone else think so too?

yes they should produce shows beause the little shop of horrors show at leicester which i have seen reacently was brilliant

Paul Robinson
I've just got back from "The little shop of horrors" in Leicester, and it was fantastic! Produce shows please, especially if they are all this good.

Lizz Brain, Theatre Critic, Leicester Mercury
The calibre of Little Shop of Horrors, which toured to Leicester, proves that Jersey Opera House should absolutely be producing in-house theatre. Excellent work. More please.

The ticket prices are simply too high and make theatre-going elitist.

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