The first production from YTH Productions and newly formed Fresh Aire Entertainment is this high energy romp through the songbook of Carole King. The show is not a biography, although short links between the songs help to provide context - this is all about the music, led by powerhouse vocal performances from the two ‘Caroles’, Eve Rhianna Kitchingman and Kara Mottram, ably assisted by Thomas Lillywhite and Danny Dixon, the latter of whose performance of You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling was a personal highlight.

This is a show of incredibly high production values. When added into the mix a band of talented musicians and cast it makes for a great night’s entertainment.

One disappointment is that despite there being a baby grand piano on stage, none of the cast ever play it. The notes instead coming from behind them from the hands of Darren Watson. The overall feel of the show is of a West End musical and the hits are belted out front and centre, sparkly costumes and all. This meant that some of the more delicate and vulnerable moments in King’s music are lost.

The other head-scratcher is the choice of songs. Whilst there are many moments that make me think ‘I didn’t know she wrote that’ I discover that in quite a few cases, she didn’t. That said, the songs provide a rich tapestry of wonderful music that have people literally dancing in the aisles . Honourable mentions too for musicians Alex Hogg, Hugh Vincent and Michael Turnbull. The show begins a tour on June 28. I recommend you book early and get ready for a night of exceptional music.

Paul Barrow