Review of Mrs Doubtfire Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre, London (2023)

Mrs Doubtfire Takes Centre Stage, and She’s a Hoot!

Hey theatre buddies! 

So, who else grew up laughing at the antics of Robin Williams in the classic film “Mrs Doubtfire”? 

When I heard it was being transformed into a musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre, I just had to see it for myself. And let me tell you, it was quite the experience!

A Fresh Coat of Paint on a Classic Tale 

First off, major props to the team for giving this ’90s gem a modern twist. The story we all know and love is still there but with some updates to fit our times. 

For instance, Miranda, Daniel’s ex-wife, isn’t just the “strict mum” anymore. She’s got layers, people! 

And Daniel’s brother, Frank? He’s got a husband now, which is a lovely nod to the progress we’ve made since the ’90s.

Some Puzzling Choices 

Alright, I’ve got to mention this. There were a few moments that had me tilting my head in confusion. 

The story is set in San Francisco, but there were these British impersonations and references sprinkled throughout. It felt a bit jarring, but I guess they were trying to give a nod to the London audience. 

A for effort!

The Performances – A Mix of Nostalgia and Newness 

Now, onto the star of the show – Gabriel Vick. 

Filling Robin Williams’ shoes? That’s no small feat. 

But Vick brought his own charm and energy to the role of Daniel/Mrs Doubtfire. He had me both chuckling and tearing up, especially during some of the more heartfelt scenes with his on-stage kids. 

The musical numbers were catchy, with the ‘looping’ scene at the TV studios being a standout. 

And the end of the first act? Oh boy, get ready for a showstopper!

A Few More Thoughts 

The costumes, especially Mrs Doubtfire’s iconic look, were a delightful blend of nostalgia and modern flair. 

And the supporting cast? They each brought something special to the table, making the whole show a well-rounded experience.

“Mrs Doubtfire: The Musical” is a rollercoaster of emotions – it’s funny, touching, and a tad quirky. If you’re looking for a night of laughter, music, and a trip down memory lane, this is the show for you. 

The Essentials for Fellow Theatre Lovers:

  • Event website: Mrs. Doubtfire the Musical
  • Venue: Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Getting There: Closest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road and Holborn
  • Duration: About 2 hours 30 minutes, with an interval
  • Show Dates: From Friday, 12 May 2023 to Saturday, 13 January 2024