Pretty Woman at Leeds Grand Theater Review: Strictly Come Dancing star Ore Oduba steals the show

After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award winner Pretty Woman UK: The Musical hit Leeds Grand Theater this week, with the 1990 romantic comedy brought to life on stage.

The famous Hollywood film that shot Julia Roberts to fame alongside the heartwarming Richard Gere is one of my all-time favorites, so I was skeptical to see how the film would be described as a musical.

For those unfamiliar with the cult classic, it’s a dark cautionary tale about class and sex work in Los Angeles, once described as a “big-budget romantic comedy.”

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The story follows the life of Edward, a rich and emotionless entrepreneur, who hires Vivian, a witty and no-nonsense prostitute, to accompany him to some social events. Trouble ensues when he falls in love with her and they try to bridge the two conflicting worlds.

The stage interpretation of this classic love story is led by Love Island winner turned West End star Amber Davies as Vivian Ward alongside theater favorite Oliver Savile who plays Edward.

It goes without saying that both have big shoes to fill compared to their on-screen counterparts, and I have to admit I was dubious about Welsh reality star Amber Davies.

But any doubts quickly subsided when she took to the stage in knee-high boots and a mini dress and blew the roof off with her impressive voice, although the American accent was a bit hit in parts.