It’s possibly the most non-Christmassy must-watch film at Christmas. Who hasn’t spent an afternoon at this time of year nestled in to watch the story of the Von Trapp family?
So The Sound Of Music is a perfect choice of seasonal offering from The Lowry – although this production will warm the heart at any time of year; just as well, given it heads to Blackpool in the summer.
In the iconic role of Maria is The Voice runner-up Lucy O’Byrne, who makes light work of her musical numbers, with a warmth to win over the audience and the children.
Gray O’Brien wasn’t quite as at ease as the captain. He seemed to strain vocally, was a little too jolly as the cold widower – and with Brylcreemed hair and ‘tache looked more spiv than military man.
Restoring the balance, Jan Hartley is wonderful as Mother Abbess, bringing a delightful spirit and empathy to the role, with wit and welcome lightness from her cohorts.
The set perfectly creates the opulent Von Trapp villa against the simplicity of the abbey, all under the imposing Alps.
Until January 2.
n The Sound Of Music, Opera House, July 5 to 9.