Thor and Loki (4 stars)

Thor and Loki

credit: Geraint Lewis

A smash hit for Marvel and musical fans alike

In a near-apocalyptic world, not unlike our own, the fate of the gods and everyone else rests in the hands of the mighty Thor –- but he's not too keen on using his mighty hammer. This adaption of the Norse legend sees Thor as a vegan pacifist, and Loki as the under confident and scorned ugly duckling, who just wants to picnic with friends and make dream catchers. Together they must overcome their differences, family ties, and insecurities in order to save the world.

This production carries all the quick wit of a Marvel movie, with a few parallels drawn between the Asgard and 2018 USA. Odin appears cloaked in gilded wrestling gear, while Thor's jocular brothers sport American football attire; together they sing a very enthusiastic song about the merits of building a wall. There's plenty of snappy throwaway lines, political gags, and a healthy dose of silliness to keep everyone laughing. And if that's not enough, the cast's talents will continually amaze: they sing, dance, tap, play multiple characters, and numerous musical instruments. This feel good show by Vicky Graham Productions is full of talent used well.

Assembly Roxy, until 26 Aug (not 13), 7.15pm, £13–£15 (£12–£14).

Thor and Loki

  • 4 stars

Musical comedy about two misfits finding the courage to be themselves amidst epic battles, fierce ballads and a chorus of tap-dancing trolls.

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