They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re touring round the UK, the Addams Family. Giving her best Wednesday, every day of the week, is West End and social media star Carrie Hope Fletcher.
“I’ve loved The Addams Family since I was a child,” says Fletcher, whose childhood was filled with both the films and the original ’60s TV series.
While most of us are at least vaguely acquainted with Morticia, Gomez, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the rest of the wider Addams clan, Fletcher says audiences so far “don’t really know what to expect from the musical”.
What, then, is in store when we enter the Addams’s cobweb-filled world?
“The music is unbelievable. The sets and the costumes are just stunning,” Fletcher tells me. The story follows Wednesday, the now 18-year-old daughter of the deliciously gothic family, as she copes with falling in love… with a normal boy.
“Wednesday is a very intense human being,” says Fletcher, “whether she’s torturing her brother or whether she’s in love with someone. I can definitely relate to that. I’m a very intense human being. She faces the dilemma that every teenager faces, which is ‘Am I normal?’ Wednesday goes through the process of figuring that out. That’s something any teenager, certainly any teenage girl, can relate to. I certainly can.”
Her on-stage family, with whom she’s touring the country, includes Samantha Womack as Morticia and Les Dennis as Uncle Fester. “They’re a dream to work with,” says Fletcher. “I know everyone says, ‘We’re a family’ in interviews, but we really are. And I’ve never seen a cast so in love with a show that they’re in.”
Andrew Lippa, whose version of The Wild Party ran at The Other Palace earlier this year, wrote the songs for The Addams Family. Get a flavour of what’s in store by watching the composer accompanying Carrie Hope Fletcher as she sings Pulled from the show.