Working class Brooklyn in the late 70s when you struggle through a dead end job just to get you to the local disco on a Saturday night…

Director Bill Kenwright does it again with a superb showcase of the New York disco scene, setting the stage alight with this musical adaptation of Saturday Night Fever

The film cast John Travolta in the role of Tony Manero – we all remember that strut down the street and who better to pull off that diva like attitude than Richard Winsor who played cocky Caleb Knight in Casualty.

Excellent choice – Richard also showcased his principal ballet skills expertly well and had a few audience members whooping as he changed on stage into the famous white suit, black shirt (they were definitely whooping at the bod not the famous clothes )

I was initially worried that his singing wouldn’t be up to much but I had nothing to worry about as the Bee Gees arrived to perform most of the songs throughout – Jake Byrom, James Haughan and Danny Knott as Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb added a fantastic twist to this musical 

Standing high above the stage belting out hits including Jive Talkin’ and Stayin’ Alive as well as Disco Inferno and You Should Be Dancing 

They deserved far more credit than they were given – they hit those high notes with perfection 

For those that don’t know the story, Tony is king of the dance floor in his local disco and has the chance to earn $1000 in a competition but needs a partner – he agrees for that to be Annette (Natasha Firth) who wants far more from the relationship 

Tony gets himself a new dance partner in the form of mesmerising Stephanie Mangano (Olivia Fines) who has a job in upscale Manhattan and wants out of Brooklyn and the lifestyle that comes with it as soon as possible 

Olivia displayed beautiful movement on stage and both Olivia and Natasha held their own with songs What Kind of Fool and If I Can’t Have You

Tony has a bunch of friends from the club – Double-J (Brandon Gale) Gus (Owen Broughton) Joey (Ross Clifton) and Bobby C (a strong emotional performance played by Will Luckett)

The four friends also like to hang out on the bridge which plays the back drop to a shocking end

Sophie Sass as Maria also deserves a mention for her great performance in the dance comp

A funny, raw, emotional, energised, song and dance spectacular that had me laughing, dancing and mesmerised whilst also reminding me that life can be hard and that music, dance and friendship can go a long way 

On reflection this show is iconic and the music timeless – the on stage routines had elements of the recent moves made famous by a popular game including Flossing – I have since checked out clips from the film and maybe disco is where it all began…

Also, if you don’t remember the 70s or indeed the Bee Gees we were treated with hits that have since been re-recorded in the 90s pop era – Words (Boyzone), How Deep Is Your Love (Take That), More Than A Woman (911) and Tragedy (Steps) 

Great all round cast, great use of the set – would’ve fitted better on a bigger stage but the performance wasn’t effected 

As the nights draw in I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the evening 

Saturday Night Fever, Nottingham Theatre Royal until Saturday 7th September