How do you like your eggs in the morning? Me, I'm not fussy but there is something delectable about a rich moist slab of cake. I bought a slice of Chocolate Fudge and made my way to the Noel Coward Theatre to settle down for some wholesome, welcoming theatre.

The set is a visual spectacle, the sights and sounds of cast and crew who are actually cast combined with the sights and smells of a bakery, and the CAKES. Colourful and sweet I was salivating at points. Hello, Alice Power, Cake Maker Magician! A firm nod to the production team, this really is a blending of music, lyrics, dance and a sprinkle of sweetness.

I had no preconceptions about GBBO It's formulaic and easy viewing with the added bonus of showstoppers that are often technically different. The brilliance of the musical is that it allows us to really get to know the characters and personalities of the contestants, and a huge nod to Scott Paige as Jim - tender and hilarious on equal measure with the glorious Zoe Burkett who shows in abundance how she can turn her hand to anything.

John Owen-Jones who does bear an uncanny resemblance to a certain Mr Hollywood and manages to emit a twinkle of the eye and those dulcet tones. Alongside Haydn Gwynne they certainly manage to Slap The Strudel!

The sub-plot behind the story is what brings the show together, the Northern girl mourning a loss and feeling lost being just one of the examples that highlight how communities of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles can be bought together over a cuppa and a cake. Some of the characters are more developed than others and (no soufflé spoilers here) a theme with Ben and his 9-year-old daughter brings the piece to its inevitable conclusion with an outstanding performance.

There is no expiry as yet of these sweet treats but I would definitely recommend getting your seat early so you can enjoy the freshest bake the West End has to offer!


It runs until 13 May. Tickets from £18: here.


Review: Kay Johal                      Photo: Manuel Harlan