THEY’RE spooky, kooky...and heading to Bradford’s Alhambra theatre.

The Addams Family are back on stage in a sparkling musical comedy from the writers of smash hit show Jersey Boys.

In the show, Wednesday, princess of darkness, has a shocking secret - she’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family! Hold on tight when Uncle Fester, Lurch, Pugsley et al gather for a family dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents...

Former Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton and Cameron Blakely, who star as Morticia and Gomez Addams, tell us what audiences can expect:

Cameron: “A lot of quirkiness, a lot of laughs, a lot of miscommunication. It’s like a dark farce. I think everyone needs a bit of escapism at the moment, after the two years we’ve all had, and this show provides that.”

Joanne: “It’s a feelgood, laugh-out loud family show. Audiences know the world of The Addams Family from the TV show and films but there are some surprises. And it’s really, really funny. The feelgood factor is something everyone is craving.”

* How did you keep busy during the pandemic?

Joanne: (Laughs) “How long have you got? Me, Katya Jones from Strictly and my friend Sasha Latoya created an online motivational course called The Beyond Lockdown Empire, which went so well we turned it into a book. I continued working on a musical I’m writing with Ben Adams called Bloody Nora. I also did dance classes on Zoom, podcasts, lots of things. I kept myself really busy because I’m not good at taking time off.”

Cameron: “I ended up using my driving skills to do Argos deliveries for a while, which was jolly good fun. I really enjoy driving so I thought ‘How can I at least try and make a bit of money out of it?’ It was very enjoyable, just keeping active and doing something.”

* What have you most been looking forward to about being back on stage?

Cameron: “Just the thrill of doing what you’re trained to do, your main vocation, and to connect with a crowd again - knowing that you’re hopefully making people happy and making them laugh. It’s also great seeing other parts of the country because we were all sort of in enforced prison mode for such a long time.”

Joanne: “I can’t wait for the buzz of having a live audience again. I love film acting as well but the live aspect of theatre is so thrilling - the fact that anything could go wrong at any point, or that someone could do something different on stage and you have to react.”

* Morticia and Gomez are such iconic characters. How do you put your own stamp on them?

Joanne: “When I get a job I watch the films or footage from the show twice maximum, then I don’t watch it anymore. I get a feel for the character, then leave it because I want to do my own version. I did Thoroughly Modern Millie but I’m never going to be Julie Andrews, I did The Rocky Horror Show but I’m never going to be Susan Sarandon, and I’m not Carolyn Jones from The Addams Family TV shows or Anjelica Huston from the movies.”

Cameron: “I was always a fan of Raoul Julia, who played Gomez in the movies. I wanted to make him quite Spanish, as in the films, and a matinee idol romantic type. The way the composer has written the score it’s different for each character, so Gomez gets all the sort of Latin music - very melodramatic and romantic with a Spanish feel.”

* Do you have anything in common with them?

Cameron: “I do secretly quite like growing a moustache in a retro 1970s way. I got quite attached to it when I first did the show in 2017 and didn’t get rid of it for about a year. With Gomez’s romanticism, I’m quite similar in that sense.”

Joanne: “I’m a Scorpio so I could maybe have a dark side but it doesn’t come out very often. The main thing we have in common is a fierce love and protection of family, but I don’t think Morticia likes to sit at home doing jigsaw puzzles in her spare time as I do.”

* It’s a show full of great musical numbers. Do you have a favourite to perform?

Joanne: “Death Around the Corner. Morticia is so dark and Gothic and she has this big Broadway number about death. I think it’s fabulous.”

Cameron: “There’s one called Happy/Sad, which is a lovely reflective song that Gomez sings to his daughter. It always make me think of my daughter Noelle, who turned eight in August. When I first did the show I got this lump in my throat and struggled not to cry.”

* When did you first encounter The Addams Family?

Cameron: “I think it was the first movie, starring Raoul Julia and Anjelica Huston. I’d grown up knowing The Addams Family but was more the age group of The Munsters.”

Joanne: “Me and my brother Kevin used to watch it on TV when we were kids and we loved the movies. I’m a big fan, I was so happy when I got this job. I even did a painting of Morticia.”

* It began as a cartoon in the 1930s, became a TV show in the 1960s, a film franchise in the 1990s and a musical in the noughties. Why has it endured for so long?

Joanne: “It’s fun to see this family who aren’t the happy Disneyworld-ish model American family. It’s fun to watch how they behave compared to your average TV family.”

Cameron: “People inherently like Halloween and the macabre, plus there’s this mishmash of very odd characters in the family. There’s the darkness and fun they have around graveyards and moonlight. I think people are fascinated by the juxtaposition of light and darkness and how it’s flipped. There’s so much dark humour you can get out of that.”

* What’s the one thing you couldn’t be on the road without?

Cameron: “Because I have to stay in shape for the tango number it would have to be my resistance bands. There’s a five-minute tango at the end of the show looming, so I’ve started training and running again - which my body hated at first but once all the blisters settle I’ll be fine...”

Joanne: “I take a jigsaw to every venue. If I don’t finish it I dismantle it and have another go.”

Thanks guys! Bradford’s Alhambra theatre looks forward to welcoming you next month.

Cameron: “They have such warm, lovely audiences in Bradford and the Alhambra is such a nice theatre. I’m really looking forward to being back.”

Joanne: I’ve played there a few times and the audiences are always up for a good time.”

* The Addams Family is at the Alhambra from February 1-5. Call (01274) 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk