The Addams Family has been disturbing and amusing people for about 80 years and has proved to be remarkably durable.
Beginning as a simple cartoon, the family has survived TV series and several film adaptations.
Inevitably a Broadway musical had to follow in 2010, and now High Peak audiences can enjoy a lively production at the New Mills Art Theatre.
Described as a comedy, the themes are dark – but in the end it is a love story.
New Mills Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society have assembled a talented cast of 22 for this ambitious show which opens tonight (Wednesday).
Gomez (Ian Tyler) and Morticia, his wife (Emma Taylor) have been married for 25 years. They vowed never to keep secrets, but when their daughter, Wednesday (Harlie Farmer), falls in love with an ‘ordinary’ boy, Lucas Beineke (Harry Bloor), Gomez proves deceitful.
Along the way we are treated to some lunacy from Uncle Fester (Robbie Carnegie), conspiracy from Grandma (Beverley Eaves) and Pugsley (Connor Wyse) and craziness from Alice Beineke (Jane Eastwood) and husband Mal (Stewart Bowden).
Performances are at 7.15pm with the play running until Saturday, when there’s also a matinee at 2.15pm.
Tickets, £14 and £12 (concessions), can be booked at www.nmaods.co.uk or www.ticketsource.co.uk/new-mills-aods. Booking fees may apply. You can also order by calling 07597 642673; emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.