Marvellous is a feel-good evening of entertainment at London’s new @sohoplace theatre – review

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Originally a Stoke New Vic Theatre production, Marvellous has just opened the brand-new @sohoplace theatre – the first new West End theatre to open in the capital for 50 years.

It’s based on the book of the same name, which has already been turned into a BAFTA-winning film. It tells the story of unlikely local legend of Newcastle-under-Lyme Neil Baldwin, who is now 74 (and we are told attends each show – he was there on press night); Neil was diagnosed with “learning difficulties” when he was four years old, although they didn’t call it that back then.

Over the course of a couple of hours we see Neil’s heart-warming true story play out; Michael Hugo takes the lead role as ‘real Neil’ while the supporting cast swap in for him throughout the decades (while taking on multiple other roles as well).

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