SHOWSTOPPER: THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL (improvised
musical - duh!)
Ends 16th March 2019.
Audience suggestions direct a troupe of crack improvising musical theatre
performers to create a new show at every single performance.
Suitable for ages 12 and over. Be aware that while the show attempts to keep
to "family" themes, suggestions may include adult content making the show
unsuitable for younger people and the easily offended.
A mixed set of exciting one-off events are also scheduled for the next few
www.theotherpalace.co.uk for details.
"The Studio" schedule:
See www.theotherpalace.co.uk for details of productions.
Until Saturday 23rd February 2019
Paul Taylor-Mills presents:
MT FEST UK
A two-week festival of new musical theatre.
The festival will present new work by both emerging and established writers, as
well as programming talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated
performers, writers and producers currently working in musical theatre.
At the centre of the festival will be a Taster Menu series of new
musicals, each presented as a 45-minute semi-staged sharing in the studio at The
Other Palace. The musicals will range from brand new commissions from Paul
Taylor-Mills, to re-worked Broadway shows and brand-new musicals that
Taylor-Mills has developed in his role as Affiliate Producer at The Other
Palace. Beyond the Taster Menu series, the festival will also feature a
selection of intimate talks, performances and one-off events throughout the day,
BEAM Brunches, morning songwriter showcases shining a light on some of the most
exciting new creators of musical theatre. Presented by Musical Theatre Network
and Mercury Musical Developments, featuring writers discovered at the BEAM2018
Tea For Two, a programme of intimate and frank afternoon conversations with some
of the industry’s most celebrated musical theatre practitioners.
Night Caps, an informal late-night concerts series getting to know some of the
country’s eminent musical theatre stars through the songs that shaped them,
songs they might never get to sing, and songs from new works.
The headline musicals that will form the Taster Menu
But I’m a Cheerleader is the story of Megan, an all-American high school
cheerleader who seems to have it all. But her friends and family suspect Megan
is a lesbian, so send her packing to the 'True Directions' rehabilitation camp
to put her on the straight and narrow. Hilarious, cheeky and one of a kind, this
is a quirky coming-of-age comedy about sexual awakening and staying true to
yourself. Book and Lyrics by Bill Augustin and Music by Andrew Abrams. Features
Bronté Barbé as Megan, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Graham, Jamie Muscato as Jared,
Matt Henry as Mike, Ben Forster as Larry, Stephen Hogan as Lloyd and Luke Bayer
Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher is a musical parody as authorized as a novelist
at a crime scene. There's been another gruesome murder in Cabot Cove! Should we
call the police? FBI? CSI? Nope. We have a geriatric novelist on the case. Book
by Kevin Zak, Josh Lamon & Phillip Taratula and Music and Lyrics by Keith
Varney. Additional Music and Lyrics by Josh Lamon. Features Harriet Thorpe as
Jessica, Verity Rushworth as Victoria, Connor Byrne as Mr Drake, Jemma Alexander
as Lulu, Russell Walker as Seth and Steven Serlin as Tom.
The Astonishing Return of… The Protagonists follows a group of once mighty
superheroes battling the forces of evil. But twenty years later, they find
themselves battling the forces of thinning hair and menopause. When an old
nemesis re-emerges with a sinister plan, can the former super-friends pull it
together to save the world again? Book and Lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila and Music
by Michael Shaieb. Features Christina Bennington as Penelope, Rob Fowler as
Voltman, Leo Ihenacho as Dr Zappus, Oliver Ormson as Fishboy and the voice of
Nathan Amzi as Narrator.
Killer Queen combines rap and RnB with 18th century France to retell a story
that sparked a revolution. When Marie Antoinette married King Louis, her
reputation was already tarnished by gossip. But when she is implicated in a
crime to defraud the crown jewellers of a diamond necklace, it is not just her
reputation at stake, but the monarchy and France itself. Music and Lyrics by
Tasha Taylor Johnson, Jack McManus & Jonny Wright and Book by Jonny Wright.
Features Izuka Hoyle as Jeanne, Christina Bennington as Marie Antoinette and Leo
Ihenacho as Vilette.
Age recommendation: 14+ (16+ for Porn the Musical).
The Night Caps Season includes:
Nathan Amzi, Luke Bayer, Louise Dearman, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Evelyn
Hoskins, Rob Houchen, Sophie Isaacs, Emma Kingston, Claudia Kariuki, Jordan Luke
Gage, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.
Nathan Amzi’s West End credits include Heathers (Haymarket Theatre), Aladdin
(Price Edward Theatre) and Urinetown (Apollo Theatre). Luke Bayer is currently
appearing as Alternate Jamie in Everyone’s Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre).
Louise Dearman is best known as the only actress to have played both Glinda and
Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Victoria Hamilton-Barritt has
recently been seen in Murder Ballad (Arts Theatre), for which she received and
Olivier Award nomination, and In The Heights (King’s Cross Theatre). Evelyn
Hoskins has starred as the title role in Carrie The Musical (Southwark
Playhouse) and Liesl in ITV’s The Sound of Music Live. Rob Houchen returns to
The Other Palace having starred as Eugene in Eugenius!. Sophie Isaacs most
recently starred as Heather McNamara in Heathers The Musical (The Other Palace
and Haymarket Theatre). Emma Kingston most recently played the Evita in the
Evita International Tour. Other roles include Vanessa in In The Heights
(Southwark Playhouse and King’s Cross Theatre). Claudia Kariuki is currently
appearing in School of Rock (New London Theatre), with other recent credits
including Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Hairspray (UK & Ireland
tour). Jordan Luke Gage has just completed his run starring as Strat in Bat Out
Of Hell (Dominion Theatre). Laura Pitt-Pulford recently appeared in Flowers for
Mrs Harris (Chichester Festival Theatre) and was Olivier Award nominated for
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Tosh Wanogho-Maud
recently starred as Jimmy in Dreamgirls, with other West End credits including
Show Boat and The Book of Mormon.
Tea For Two Season.
A programme of intimate and frank conversations as part of MT Fest UK at The
Other Palace. Taking place in the Studio throughout the festival, Paul will be
in discussion with some of the industry’s celebrated musical theatre
practitioners, with each talk also including an audience Q&A.
The lineup features industry leaders including casting
director David Grindrod, choreographer Arlene Phillips, producer Danielle
Tarento, theatre critic Mark Shenton and director/choreographer Drew McOnie.
Each talk runs 1 hour 30 minutes approximately.
Monday 18 February, 10.30am
Dancing Through Life: Making new musicals move
Arlene Philips (Choreographer) and Joanne Clifton (Performer and Writer) call on
their wealth of dance experience, from Strictly Come Dancing to their theatre
work as choreographer and performer, to discuss their approaches to creating new
work and finding distinct physical languages in musicals. Joanne is about to
embark on writing her first musical and will speak frankly about the transition
from dancer to writer and the crossover of skills.
Tuesday 19 February, 11.00am
I Can Do That: The Top 10 Do's and Don'ts in Auditions
Paul Wooller (Head of Casting for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd) has a wealth of
experience casting new work and some of the most successful West End musicals,
from Hamilton to Les Misérables. In this invaluable session, he will answer all
those questions you always wanted to ask about best audition practice.
Wednesday 20 February, 11.00am
Everybody's Got The Right: The Changing Face of Criticism and How New Musicals
Mark Shenton (Theatre Critic and new musicals advocate) looks at the changing
face of theatre criticism, how the digital age has affected the way we read
reviews, the shifting ways in which new work is reviewed in the UK.
Saturday 23 February, 11.00am
No One is Alone: The Art of Collaboration
Drew McOnie (Director and Choreographer) shares his experiences of leading
creative teams and companies through the challenging process of creating a new
musical. He and Paul Taylor-Mills will discuss their past projects together as
director and producer (In The Heights, The Wild Party), sharing their thoughts
on the collaboration needed to effectively create new work.
The Taster Menu series will feature current Arts Ed students Jessie Angell,
Billy Downes, George Griffiths, Ahmed Hamad, Emily Hammond, Emilia Harrigan,
Jonathan Hermosa-Lopez and Connor Lewis.
Further details of the BEAM Brunches will be announced
All tickets £12.50, Buy two for £20, Buy eight for £76
Night Caps: All Tickets £15
Tea For Two: All Tickets £10
Monday 18 February:
6.00pm (Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher)
7.00pm (But I’m a Cheerleader)
Tuesday 19 February:
6.00pm (But I’m a Cheerleader)
7.00pm (Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher)
Wednesday 20 February:
2.00pm and 7.00pm (But I’m a Cheerleader)
3.00pm and 6.00pm (Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher)
Thursday 21 February:
6.00pm (Killer Queen)
7.00pm (The Protagonists)
Friday 22 February:
6.00pm (The Protagonists)
7.00pm (Killer Queen)
Saturday 23 February:
2.00pm and 7.00pm (The Protagonists)
3.00pm and 6.00pm (Killer Queen)
Monday 18 February: 9.00pm Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
Tuesday 19 February: 9.00pm Claudia Kariuki
Wednesday 20 February: 9.00pm Laura Pitt-Pulford
Thursday 21 February: 9.00pm Emma Kingston,
Friday 22 February: 9.00pm Nathan Amzi
Saturday 23 February: 9.00pm Jordan Luke Gage
Thursday 28th February until Saturday 2nd March 2019
THE CEREAL CAFE
A two-week festival of new musical theatre.
The new British musical, inspired by the opening of the Cereal Killer Café in
East London and the Shoreditch riots of 2015, gets its world premiere at The
Other Palace, in a limited workshop production.
Based on the childhood fantasies of two young brothers, an extraordinary café is
opening on the vibrant streets of East London. But its presence will result in
unimaginable consequences. In a threatened neighbourhood, fighting to survive
gentrification and rising property prices, something so simple as cereal will
divide the community.
Encroaching re-development is threatening residents in one of London’s poorest
and most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. But when two young brothers arrive
from Northern Ireland with an idea for a cafe that stimulates childhood
nostalgia, members of the community are brought together to fight against the
loss of all that they hold dear. While many turn to the new cafe for comfort,
its arrival is feared by some in the community.
Tensions build and feelings boil over. This fictional story, inspired by a café
which became the focal point of the Shoreditch anti-gentrification riots of
2015, explores how people with conflicting views can come together in very
unlikely places during the most challenging of times.
Jacob Dorrell, the show’s creator, said: “The Cereal Café is a story set in a
neighbourhood experiencing rapid re-development, so it addresses issues
affecting many inner city areas around the UK. It’s a real collision of light
and dark, where subjects so far apart all somehow come together. This is
reflected in the show’s sound-world, mixing musical theatre, pop, rock and
The Cereal Café - Book and Lyrics by Jacob Dorrell and Tom Ling, Music by Adam
Cast: Norma Atallah (Follies), Fanta Barrie (Songlines), Thomas Grant (The
Dreamers), Rosalind James (Bat Out of Hell), Julie Legrand (An American In
Paris), Harveen Mann (Bend It Like Beckham); Minal Patel (Aspects of Love),
Keith Ramsay (The Keith Kat Klub), Howard Samuels (The Glenn Miller Story), Tosh
Creative team: Book and Lyrics Jacob Dorrell and Tom Ling. Music Adam Dickinson.
Orchestrations Alistair Robertson and Jack Blume. Musical Supervisor & Arranger
Jack Blume. Director Victoria Gimby. Sound Design Max Hunter. Lighting Design
Michael Fox. Producer Jacob Dorrell. Casting Director Danielle Tarento.
Listen to “London Is Falling” from The Cereal Café at
12+ (contains some strong language and mild violence)
Strobe lighting will be used.
All Tickets £15
Thursday 28th February: 8pm
Friday 1st March: 8pm
Saturday 2nd March: 3pm and 8pm
Runs 2 hours approximately (including interval)