I Should Be So Lucky Sunderland Empire

Review: I Should Be So Lucky at Sunderland Empire

A cheesy, feel-good extravaganza awaits…

Nicole Wood

Journalist at Luxe


Step into the glittering world of 80s pop nostalgia with ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ at Sunderland Empire.

As someone who appreciates the infectious energy of musicals and the toe-tapping powers of an 80s classic, this was a show I simply couldn’t miss.

The music produced by Stock Aitken Waterman is undeniably iconic. When Debbie Isitt created a musical titled ‘I Should Be So Lucky,’ featuring the soundtrack of a generation with music from pop royalty, and it was rolling into the North East, we just had to see what it was all about.

If there’s anything that’s going to brighten up a drizzly Monday evening, it’s going to be this!

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What is ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ about?

This original tale of love, laughter and last-minute getaways follows the story of Ella, a young bride who is about to marry the man of her dreams. Nathan, her soon to be husband, however has other plans. After a misunderstanding he leaves Ella jilted at the altar.

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Determined to prove to Ella how amazing she is, her family and bridesmaids rally together to whisk her away on what was supposed to be her honeymoon.

The eccentric group jet off to Turkey in hopes of distracting Ella and help her to overcome her heartbreak. And distract they did!

Back home in England, Nathan is informed that the news he received prior to his wedding day was misconstrued and instantly realises the mistake he’s made.

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Nathan and his best man follow the gang across the globe in an attempt to win her back and rekindle their love. However, what he’s not expecting is to battle new loves, prove his loyalty, and take on angry loved ones.

It’s an easy to follow, feel-good show packed with laughter, silliness and iconic songs you can’t resist singing along to in your head.

What’s good about ‘I Should Be So Lucky’?

One thing I loved about this show was that it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was fun, colourful, and an absolute cheese-fest to say the least.

The set design is a real highlight for me. Think hearts, hearts and more hearts. Love is the centric theme here and all elements of the set design portrays this throughout. From the heart-shaped wall cocooning the stage and the heart-shaped house Ella and her family live in, to the props and special effects, each and every element has been carefully considered.

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From a wedding to a plane, hotel lobby, beach scenes, and a hot air balloon ride, it’s almost impossible to imagine how the show can captivate the audience and make you believe the story. Yet, the special effects and props are cleverly used, with the ability to transport you and take you along for the ride.

At the heart of the show is unapologetic sense of fun. From the heartfelt ballads to the high-energy dance routines and risqué jokes, ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ ensures an evening filled with laughter – even if at times you are watching through your fingers.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan of the era or simply looking for a night of escapism and entertainment, this production knows it’s aim is to entertain, and entertain it does! 

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All in all, the show is about family, friends and being there when it matters most.

The Music in ‘I Should Be So Lucky’

Featuring ten Number One singles and over thirty era-defining songs from the Hit Factory, we encourage you to slip into those summer sandals, pop on your shades and lose yourself in this whirlwind of sun-kissed adventures and pop classics. Expect to sing along in your head and tap your feet to iconic hits by Kylie Minogue (I Should Be So Lucky), Rick Astley (Never Gonna Give You Up), Jason Donovan (Especially for You), Bananarama (Love In The First Degree) and more!

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Who’s in ‘I Should Be So Lucky’?

The infectious energy of the whole cast, combined with fun choreography and eye-catching costumes, creates a visual feast for the audience. Each musical number is executed with precision and passion, breathing new life into timeless classics and igniting a sense of nostalgia.

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Lucie-Mae Sumner (Ella) and Billy Roberts (Nathan) play the role of lovebirds perfectly. With sweet melodies, a sense of innocence and romantic exchanges, they truly represent young love’s dream. Complementing the pair as the obstacle in the love story is Matthew Croke (Nadeem) who plays the part of the lovestruck ‘rebound’ brilliantly.

The vocals from Kayla Carter (Bonnie) and Giovanni Spano (Ash) deserve a special mention. In a show full of laughter and fun, you can still expect a few goosebump worthy moments from their vocals.

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Scott Paige (Michael), Jamie Chapman (Spencer) and Jemma Churchill (Ivy aka Nana), all deserve a special mention for their hilarious, witty and likeable performances.

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Jessica Daley (Britney), Melissa Jaques (Shelley) and Gary Davis (Big Mike) not only provide humour and impressive vocals within their roles, but carry some of the more serious tones of the storyline, touching on topics like gambling addiction and marital troubles.

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We simply can’t not mention that the queen of pop herself, Kylie, who made a special appearance as Ella’s guiding light in the form of a reflection in the mirror. Fierce and friendly – her part is everything you’d expect from Kylie.

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Who should see ‘I Should Be So Lucky’?

‘I Should Be So Lucky’ is the perfect night out for anyone who loves the music of the 80s and craves a dose of feel-good nostalgia. Whether you’re a fan of pop classics, a seasoned theatre-goer, or simply looking for a fun-filled evening with friends, this show promises to entertain and delight from start to finish (if you don’t mind a risqué joke or two).

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I Should Be So Lucky is running at Sunderland Empire until Saturday 27 April. Tickets are available to buy here.