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In The Heights at Kings Cross Theatre

UM SO HEY GUESS WHAT GUYS?! IN THE HEIGHTS IS AMAZING.

Couple of weeks ago I was invited down to the Kings Cross Theatre to catch the Media Night of In The Heights. I saw this production directed by Luke Sheppard when it opened at Southwark Playhouse last year and I was utterly blown away by the energy, talent and vivaciousness (is that a word? That’s a word now) of the whole thing, so my heart LEAPT when I saw that it was transferring.

Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

And my god, it is still insanely good. The theatre has been transformed out of the old platforms at Kings Cross, and it works so well for this show all set in Washington Heights, a largely Latin American inhabited corner of New York City. We entered through the bar and it is SO COOL. Immediately sucking you in to the world of the New York subways, with clever lighting, décor and a throbbing Latin soundtrack- this would actually be a great venue for a night out, theatre or not.

Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

Sam Mackay as Usnavi and the cast of In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

But if you’re there, you might as well see the show. With the audience nestled down on either side of the stage in a wonderfully inventive traverse setting, the story follows a community of Latin American residents in Washington Heights and is just a joyful slice of life.

From the gossiping girls in the local hair salon, to the financial struggles of the family run taxi business, to the blossoming romances of the community’s youth, this is a graffiti washed, attitude driven, hugely spirited show. Drew McConie’s choreography is utterly stunning, giving even scene changes movement that you just can’t take your eyes off.  The cast is flawless, with not a weak link in there, and it was so great to see so many of them reprising their roles from the Southwark Playhouse Production.

Jade Ewen (Vanessa), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Daniela) and Sarah Naudi (Carla) in In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

Jade Ewen (Vanessa), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Daniela) and Sarah Naudi (Carla) in In The Heights. Photo Credit Johan Persson

Ballsy, saturated with attitude and energy with wonderful music and choreography all in a sweet-ass location. LET IT RUN AND RUN! Go and book tickets now. Literally, stop reading this and go book tickets now. BYE. *goes to put Latin Playlist on Spotify and starts questionably salsa-ing round bedroom*

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In The Heights runs at Kings Cross Theatre until Sunday 3rd January 2016. For more information and tickets, visit the website here.

I was a guest of In The Heights, but as always, if it hadn’t have rocked my world, I wouldn’t have written about it! 

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