Little Shop Of Horrors, the charming, kooky and hilarious 1950s musical sci-fi spoof, is currently touring the UK and will take to the stage of the Grand Opera House in Belfast this week.
The curtain goes up at the Belfast theatre on Tuesday August 30 and runs until Saturday September 4.
X Factor star Rhydian Roberts, who has carved out a successful career for himself in the world of musical theatre, will play evil dentist Orin Scrivello, a role made famous by Steve Martin in the 1986 film version of Little Shop of Horrors.
Rhydian will be joined by Sam Lupton (Seymour), Stephanie Clift (Audrey), Paul Kissaun (Mushnik), Sasha Latoya (Crystal), Vanessa Fisher (Chiffon) and Cassie Clare (Ronnette).
Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of Seymour Krelborn, the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in downtrodden Skid Row, who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers a strange and exotic plant. He names it Audrey Two in order to impress glamorous Audrey, the colleague he’s secretly in love with.
Audrey Two quickly starts to wilt, putting Seymour’s job and dream future with Audrey at risk. Accidentally pricking his finger, Seymour discovers Audrey Two needs a little more than plant food to thrive. The plant grows into a bad-tempered, foul-mouthed carnivore whose voracious appetite becomes increasingly difficult to satisfy. How far will Seymour go for the woman of his dreams? With music by the legendary Alan Menken, best known for his numerous Walt Disney film scores, Little Shop of Horrors is a cult film and one of the longest running off-Broadway shows of all time.