2014

BEFORE THE NIGHT IS THROUGH
TUESDAY 15 TO SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2014
Before the Night is Through is a brand new British musical with Book and Lyrics by Olivia Thompson and Music by Chris Whitehead.

 

November 1935.  Honey Quenelle, England’s biggest movie star is hosting a lavish party to celebrate her birthday, at her remote home on Lost Crow Island. The champagne is chilling, the glamorous guests are ready for an unforgettable night and reliable butler, Hugo is on hand to make sure the evening goes without a hitch. But when catering fails to arrive, news filters through of an escaped inmate at Beningford asylum, and Gaylord, the gerbil escapes from the soup tureen, events take a nasty turn.  Who is about to meet their maker?  Who cannot escape from their past?  And who will be brave enough to sample Mabel’s devilled prunes before the night is through….

 

THE MISTRESS CYCLE
TUESDAY 4 TO SUNDAY 9 MARCH 2014
The Mistress Cycle is a new American musical with Book and Lyrics by Beth Blatt and Music by Jenny Giering.

 

Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife – practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress.

 

A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress Cycle is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to “keep her” as his mistress. As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500’s; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress. By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself – and has made her decision.

 

MERMAN’S APPRENTICE
TUESDAY 11 AND WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2014
A new musical with Book and Lyrics by Stephen Cole and Music by David Evans

 

1970. The Golden Age of Musical Theatre is drawing to an end. But twelve-year-old Muriel Plakenstein doesn’t know that. So she runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and meets the Queen of Broadway Ethel Merman, who takes her to a Hello, Dolly! rehearsal where they sing together. When legendary producer David Merrick hears the kid, he decides to star Muriel in the first all-child cast of Dolly! Naturally, Merman takes her under wing to teach her the ropes of being a star…making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman’s Apprentice.

 

CLAUS THE MUSICAL
FRIDAY 14 AND SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2014
A new musical with Book by Simon Warne Music and Lyrics by Andy Collyer.

 

How the Boy became a Man. How the Man became a Legend. Claus tells the incredible story of a human child brought up by immortals in a magical forest. But when Claus discovers there’s a whole world outside of the forest, inhabited by humans like him, his life takes a different path.

 

THE RETURN OF THE SOLDIER
FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY AND SATURDAY 1 MARCH 2014
A new musical with Book and Lyrics by Tim Sanders and Music by Charles Miller.

 

Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, The Return of the Soldier is a new musical adaptation of Rebecca West’s remarkable 1918 novella of the home front. An intensely bitter-sweet tale dissects the very different love of three women for one man. When Christopher returns from the war, shell-shocked, there are profound consequences for each of them. With a cast of six, this powerful new drama with its rich and arresting score becomes an eloquent treatise on the nature of love, truth, memory and loss. In the end, only an extraordinary sacrifice will restore the fragile status quo.

 

FROM PAGE TO STAGE – OPEN MIC SESSIONS
MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2014
A selection of writers invited to present their own material with some special guest performers.

 

SCRATCH NIGHTS: THREE MUSICALS IN DEVELOPMENT
TUESDAY 25 TO THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2014

 

These scratch nights presented 30-minute excerpts of 3 new musicals in development, performed by a repertory company of actors.