Northampton’s White Cobra swap Shoetown for Skid Row

The group, who’ve recently toured Duets to rave reviews, bring the classic B Movie Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, to The Deco Theatre, Northampton


Little Shop of Horrors mixes together horror, sci-fi, comedy and rock music, and has become a cult classic the world over since it was first performed on Broadway 30 years ago.

The story revolves around the meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn, who stumbles across a new breed of plant who has a rather peculiar appetite. Little Shop of Horrors was devised and written by the combination of composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, who are most famous for their work on some of Disney’s most popular films, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. ‘Little Shop’ showcases some of their finest work, with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score

Rehearsals for Little Shop of Horrors have been something of a case of deja vu for real life couple Brett Hanson and Hannah Taylor.

Not only are they both involved in the show, but they’re both playing characters called Audrey. But that is where the similarities end.

Little Shop of Horrors

Hannah is playing Audrey, the hapless heroine who works in Mushnik’s shop whilst longing for a better life, while Brett plays the giant plant Audrey II.

It’s been a busy time for both performers, having just been part of the cast of Northampton Musical Theatre Company’s recent production of West Side Story at Royal & Derngate. Now they’ve switched from the setting of New York City to the fictional Skid Row for the show at The Deco Theatre.

Hannah says “It’s been a hectic period, but to get the chance to play Audrey is one I couldn’t pass up, and it’s great to play opposite my partner, even though we don’t actually come face to face on stage!

For Brett it’s a chance to do something completely different. He says “I’ve done a lot of singing over the years, but mainly stuff like Gilbert & Sullivan or Rogers & Hammerstein, so to get a chance to sing a more rock and bluesy musical track is a brilliant challenge.”

The show at The Deco features an amazing animatronic plant which starts off as a seedling but by the second half of the show has grown to fill almost the whole stage!!

Director Mindy Robinson says: “It’s a fabulous, fun, show, with great songs and some amazing performances, but people always leave talking about the Audrey II plant, it is a real scene stealer!


Little Shop of Horrors runs at Northampton’s Deco Theatre, Tuesday 13 November to Saturday 17 November at 7.30, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30. Tickets from £15.50.

Tickets are available at https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/little-shop-of-horrors/ or by calling 01604 491005