Review/Gallery: Witches of Eastwick, Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society, Ipswich Regent, until Saturday, April 27

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of Witches of Eastwick at T

DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of Witches of Eastwick at The Ipswich Regent until Saturday April 27th. - Credit: Lucy Taylor

THE FINAL scene of the first half sees the Witches of Eastwick flying above their devilish lover, Darryl Van Horne, in the stage version of the 80s Hollywood hit.

Just like the wicked trio, the Ipswich Operatic and Dramatic Society certainly hit the heights with a entertaining take on the John Updike novel.

With chemistry as rich as the potion in a witches coven, Alexandra, Sukie and Jane, played by Lesley Rawlinson, Amanda Langley and Sian Naylor prove to be a magical combination.

The threesome prove to have excellent vocals and range, while Langley, in particular, plays the downtrodden and bitter all-American divorcee to a tee, complete with a stateside accent that is endearingly annoying.

The main man, Van Horne, is portrayed by the charismatic Jonathan Mudd who is excellent in the role of the dark seducer, consistently hitting the right notes and displaying all the charm of the archetypal bad boy.


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Supported by an enthusiastic and hard-working cast, the play also contains one or two stand-out performers, in the form of Regent debutant Wade Ablitt (Michael Spofford) and Sam Horsfield, who plays the meddling Felicia Gabriel.

As with all amateur productions, it had its imperfections, and the volume that emanated from the orchestra, at times made it a little difficult to understand what was being sung or said.

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That was the only blot on the show’s copybook however and the group can be proud of a production which was entertaining, at times risque but above all, lots of fun.

The Witches of Eastwick runs at the Regent Theatre until Saturday.

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