Opening at Leicester’s Curve ahead of a 8 month long UK tour, you can see where Nick Winston’s production has made its key decisions – Francis O’Connor’s set has its eye on quick get-outs and so Jack Henry’s video projections do a lot of the heavy lifting in setting the 80s milieu.
The premise behind 27 is both noble and tragic. Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin all died at that age and Sam Cassidy’s musical seeks to explore some possible greater satanic force that robs the world of gifted talent at such a tender age.
Sometimes when you review something, an instinct kicks in, is it going to be a marmite show? You either love it or hate it. So which side of the fence did I sit on with 27?