The show was adapted and expanded for TV and met with massive critical acclaim as it fleshed out characters and brought in new themes, but the core material remains devastatingly effective in a live setting. At the Wyndham, Waller-Bridge expertly puts her expressive face, willowy frame and no-holds-barred language to use as she tells the story of someone who uses sex to free herself from having to confront emotions, yet ends up using it to build a sort of behavioural prison.
DiCaprio plays a fading star whose alcoholism has led him to rely heavily on his stunt double (Pitt), who also serves as driver, handyman and confidant.This strangely heart-warming relationship seems to be coming to a natural end when debt and a new wife come on the scene, but then things take on a weird and characteristically violent twist.
The show brings the fantasy favourites to life with clever CGI, great costumes and death defying stunts. Pyrotechnics and madcap motorcycle chases give villains such as Thanos and Loki room to bait the Avengers as if they were in an all-star wrestling extravaganza and there’s plenty of audience participation.
They don’t hold back on the songwriting front, either. Squalls of overdriven guitar push the tunes well into prog-rock territory, while Bellamy’s falsetto voice give rise to lazy Queen/Rush comparisons. Safe to say then that Muse won’t be in the running to perform the music to the John Lewis Christmas ad this year.