The score does sneak in the famous theme tune although, with Howard Goodall doing the music, we unfortunately don't get the whole show sung to the Blackadder theme tune. Which would have been AMAZE. The actual music is pleasant enough, if lacking in a Breakaway Pop HitTM - the strongest moment is a song about pasta. While I can be profoundly moved by theatre, romance isn't realy the genre to do that for me and this isn't the show to change my opinion. From my perspective it's inoffensive enough, not the saccharine affair it could so easily have been. I'm clearly not the target audience though and for people who do like a big weepy this is spot on (and, in the smallest of the original West End theatres, perfectly suited to the space it's in.) On the way out I overheard a woman saying they should give away a box of tissues with every ticket; although my favourite comment came from an American teenager: "I think I just watched the Nicholas Sparks template on stage."
Love Story by Erich Segal, Stephen Clark and Howard Goodall is booking until the 30th of April at the Duchess Theatre.