A review of Grease at Hull New Theatre
Some 35 years after its big screen debut, Grease shows no signs of encroaching middle age.
This latest touring version of the 50s-set musical – following the developing love between two high school students, Danny and Sandy – is as exuberant as a frat party.
But amid the pyrotechnics – including bursts of flame and a lighting scheme as gaudily bright as pack of bubble-gum – are some finely judged performances.
A stand-out is Danny Bayne as the swaggering Danny – the role made famous by John Travolta. The young actor gives a sense of the vulnerability beneath the character's strut, turning to mush each time his beloved hoves into view.
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When & where: Until Saturday, November 24. Wednesday and Thursday, 7.30pm; Friday, 5.30pm and 8.30pm, and Saturday, 5pm and 8.30pm. Hull New Theatre, Kingston Square, Hull. Tickets £12-£35. Call 01482 300300.