The Addams Family – the creepy, macabre and often darkly funny take on the all-American family unit – are set to entertain Durham theatre goers this week.

Having already been the subject of several films and TV series, the Addams Family will now be bringing a musical extravaganza to Durham’s Gala Theatre.

All the famous characters from the family – from Morticia and Gomez to Wednesday, Uncle Fester and Lurch – will be gracing the Gala stage.

In the musical, Wednesday falls in love with a ‘disappointingly normal’ young man. She begs her father, Gomez, to keep her romance secret from Morticia, but things come to a head when the Addams host a dinner for Wednesday’s boyfriend and his very respectable parents.

The Addams Family Musical is the latest production from the Gala Theatre Stage School. The cast will feature talented youngsters from across County Durham.

Rehearsals have been underway for months so theatre goers can look forward to a highly polished performance.

The show will also feature a live orchestra and an original score.

Addams Family 1

Performances will be staged from today (2nd August) until Saturday (4th August). The show will begin at 7.30 pm each night and on Saturday there will also be an afternoon performance at 2.30 pm.

Tickets are priced at £15.00 and at £13.00 for concessions. Family tickets – for two adults and two children – are available for £50.00.

To book, please go to www.galadurham.co.uk or telephone 03000 266 600.

The Addams Family first appeared in 1938, when members featured in cartoons drawn for the New Yorker by Charles Addams. There was an Addams Family TV series in the mid-sixties and a cartoon series in the 1970s. The early 1990s saw a revival of interest in the Addams Family, with two successful films The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993).

(The images in this article show rehearsals for the Durham Gala Theatre’s Addams Family Musical.)

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