The curtain has finally lifted for the long-awaited UK tour of Heathers the musical, which debuted at Theatre Royal Windsor. 

Opened by Andy Fickman, the director of Heathers the Musical, I went along to the theatre on Tuesday, February 14 to see the brand new cast in action.

Welcome to Westerberg High - where teenage angst is rife and all the cliques are accounted for.

Veronica Sawyer, played by Jenna Innes, is a nerd who seizes her opportunity to climb the ladder of popularity by getting in with the most desired group of girls in school - The Heathers. But it comes at a cost.

The colourful trio of Heathers are bullies in disguise, ruling over the school by instating a hierarchy which doesn't favour Veronica's best friend Martha, played by Kingsley Morton.

The pair are introduced as "best friends since diapers" in the show's first hit song "Beautiful" where Jenna Innes performed an incredible rendition of the iconic leading track.

Heather Chandler, played by Verity Thompson, is quickly discovered to be the leader of the nasty trio, also made up of Heather Duke (Elise Zavour) and Heather McNamara (Billie Bowman).

This comes through in the beautifully harmonized track "Candy Store" - which earned the cast a huge round of applause from the audience.

Rising up in popularity, Veronica notices edgy new boy Jason Dean, played by Jacob Fowler and the two find companionship in their feelings towards the rulers of Westerberg High.

However, things take a turn for the worst when a crucial error is made.

The audience was gripped throughout with just the right amount of comedy and sensitivity, as the musical tackled systemic issues faced in the 1989 high school world.

Hit numbers such as "Dead Girl Walking" and the electrifying "My Dead Gay Son" were brilliantly executed and the set design, costumes and live band only enhanced the already talented cast.

Overall the all-new cast of Heathers the Musical on tour raised the roof at Theatre Royal Windsor, with a much-deserved standing ovation from the audience.

Heathers the Musical is showing at Theatre Royal Windsor until February 25 when it continues to Peterborough for the next stage of the tour.

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