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THEATRE: The going’s good in Guys and Dolls

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The cast of Guys and Dolls. PHOTO: PAUL COLTAS

The cast of Guys and Dolls. PHOTO: PAUL COLTAS

Published: 29 January 2016
by JACK COURTNEY O’CONNOR

GUYS AND DOLLS at Savoy Theatre

THE source material of the musical Guys and Dolls is a Damon Runyon story, The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown, an unlikely romance between a Salvation Army activist and a Manhattan gambler.

New Yorkers during the 1930s and 40s displayed a keen interest in gambling, and by 1945 the horse track at Long Island had an annual intake of $444 million. Runyon’s writing style became famous and his experiences as a reporter in Broadway’s underworld provided the basis for his stories.

Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson and Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide reprise their Chichester Festival production roles. 

Sky, a man so addicted to gambling that he bets on his own body temperature, finally succumbs to love in the guise of Sister Sarah, and she literally falls head over heels in love with him.

Other stand-out performances are Cornelius Clarke as Harry the horse, who captures the Runyon-esque lines, and a menacing Nic Greenshields as Big Jule. 

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