Merrily We Roll Along at the Harold Pinter Theatre is cleverly staged and the songs are sung with such emotion it’s hard to not get dragged into the story of three friends and their relationship over the years.
The musical runs backwards, so instead of seeing a friendship tear apart at the seams, you watch the stitches sew the trio together. When it came to ‘Not a Day Goes By’ and the reprise later on in the musical, there were plenty members of the audience fighting back the tears. The cast is strong and each character is both likeable and unlikeable to a realistic degree. As you begin to witness each easy mistake that is made, it’s hard to avoid questioning fate, dreams, timing and the whole concept of ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ and how at times that can be a damaging prospect. It’s easy to understand why the production was met with such rave reviews and continues to be spoken about with great positivity since its transfer from the Menier Chocolate Factory. Merrily We Roll Along runs until July 27th.