The classic 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman has made it to the stage, and it is now gracing the historic Piccadilly Theatre in London’s famed West End! The film, originally featuring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, is now a live-action comedy full of fresh new faces and fun songs. Overall, this isn’t mind-blowing theatre, but it can make for a fun night out, especially for fans of the original movie.
The biggest flaw with this adaptation is that it is not so much an adaptation as it is a replication. The story hasn’t been changed enough to make a smooth transition to the stage, and it sometimes feels like watching an awkward reenactment of the film. This isn’t to say that all entertainment is lost, just that there are moments when the charm of the original film falls a little flat.