Ends 3rd March 2018.
After a successful debut concert performance at the London Palladium last
year, Warwick Davis and Kevin Wood are delighted to announce the full-scale
production of the British cult musical “EUGENIUS!” at The Other Palace from
22 January until the 3 March 2018.
Written by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins, “EUGENIUS!” tells the story of
Eugene, a teenage boy whose nightly dreams of a distant world of heroes and
villains may just be the ticket to him creating his very own comic book
movie in Hollywood. Joined by his best friends ‘Janey’ and ‘Feris’, our
comic writing genius must discover the true meaning of growing up, finding
the superhero within, saving the world from both earthbound villains and
possibly those from distant galaxies, and along the way, falling in love.
Making his London theatre debut is American born Liam Forde who will play
the lead role of ‘Eugene’. Liam has performed in many shows across America
and is looking forward to making his debut across the pond. Joining Liam is
Laura Baldwin who will play Eugene’s love interest- ‘Janey’. Laura’s
previous credits include UK Tours of “Shrek” and “Betty Blue Eyes” and
currently she can be seen in ‘Big Fish The Musical’ at The Other Palace.
‘Star Wars’ legend Mark Hamill will be the voice of ‘Kevin The Robot.’ Mark
Hamill is most famous for his roles on screen; in particular, playing the
iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the ‘Star Wars’ film franchise. Mark is
also renowned as one of the world’s leading voice actors and has voiced a
number of character roles including ‘The Joker’ in ‘Batman: The Animated
Series’, for which he won a BAFTA. Mark has also guest starred as a voice
actor in the internationally acclaimed series, ‘Family Guy’ and ‘The
Mark said of his part in the production, ‘I am thrilled to be the voice of a
character in this new British Musical, and to be supporting Warwick in his
new venture. ‘Kevin The Robot’ is a small but important cameo in this
nostalgic show which is currently taking London by storm with a brilliant
original soundtrack nd story line’.
Producer, Warwick Davis commented, ‘I have known Mark as a friend since
first working with him in ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1981. He’s such a talented
voice-actor and I feel very lucky he agreed to take a cameo in ‘Eugenius!’
How did I persuade him to do it, you might ask? Well, it could have been a
Jedi mind trick... ‘This is the droid you need to voice.’
Joining them is, Daniel Buckley (“Book Of Mormon”, “Loserville”) as Feris,
Ian Hughes (“Guys and Dolls”, “The Lion King”) as Evil Lord Hector, Scott
Paige (“The Addams Family”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”) as Theo, Cameron
Blakely (“Les Misérables”, “The Addams Family”) as Lex, Shaun Dalton
(“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Beauty and The Beast” and
“Les Misérables”) as Gerhard, Melissa James (“Bodyguard” UK Tour) as Carrie,
Alexander Evans (UK Tour of “Sound of Music”, “Carousel”)as Eugene’s Dad and
Alison Arnopp (“Dusty”, “The Tempest”) as Space Diva/Mrs T.
They will be joined by Brian Gilligan, Jacob Fisher, Alex Tranter, Luke
Dowling, Rosie Heath, Chloe Chambers and Frances Dee.
The production is produced by legendary “Star Wars” and “Harry Potter” actor
Warwick Davis and features the voice of Prince Vultan himself, Brian
Blessed. Warwick said, “We are thrilled to be bringing an original British
musical to The Other Palace. After a tremendous concert performance at the
London Palladium last summer we can’t wait to see the fully staged
production. Ben and Chris have written this incredible 80’s inspired score
and includes the songs 'Go Eugenius' and 'Comic Book Kind of Love', which
recieved popular acclaim last year’.
The book, music and lyrics for ‘EUGENIUS!’ are written by Ben Adams and
Chris Wilkins. Award winning Ian Talbot will direct. Ian was previously the
Artistic Director at the Regents Park Open Air Theatre for 20 years, for
which he received an OBE. He has directed ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ and ‘Lend Me
A Tenor’. The creative team is completed by Aaron Renfree who will
choreograph, sound design by Gareth Owen, lighting by Andrew Ellis, musical
supervision by Stuart Morley and musical direction by Darren Lord. Set and
costume design will be by Hannah Wolfe and the show’s design features
specially commissioned comic book artwork by Marvel artist, Simon Williams
(Transformers, Spider Man, Marvel Heroes, The lncredible Hulk).
Music from ‘EUGENIUS!’ is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google
Play, YouTube and all other music services.
Facebook and Instagram @eugeniusthemusical
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.
Saturday 10th to Saturday 17th
March, 2018 at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm
Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus
Ticket prices: £25
Directed by Arlene Phillips
Rock musical Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and
written by Sam Cassidy, will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The
Other Palace from Saturday 10 - Saturday 17 March 2018. The production will be
semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band.
The show, previously called 27, returns to London with a new title, a revised
book and new songs.
Arlene Phillips said: “We were inspired by the recent workshop performances of
Andrew Lloyd Webbers Starlight Express and believed this method of presentation
would be invaluable to the development of Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus.”
Sam Cassidy said: “It’s true that musicals are not written, but rather
rewritten, and this is a fantastic opportunity. In 2016, we opened a completely
new British rock musical and enjoyed a very successful 6-week season at the
170-seat Cockpit Theatre. We had great audiences, with many people seeing it
more than once, but we were not completely happy with elements of the
production. I’ve since looked at the book, revised the storyline, dropped some
songs and added new ones. This latest run will give us the chance to see how
this new version works with the chance for audiences to give us feedback.”
Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus is a modern retelling of the Ancient Greek
tale of Orpheus and the underworld, looking at mental illness and addiction in
society and more specifically the rock music business, with a storyline with
echoes of the tragically short lives of some of music’s brightest stars,
including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy
Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus is a show that’ll break your heart, make you
laugh and rock you to your very core.
Cast and full creative team to be announced.
Arlene Phillips (Director)
Arlene Phillips is a showbiz legend honoured as a CBE for her services to dance;
she has worked with stars from film and TV, to theatre and arenas, as well as
becoming one of Britain’s favourite television judges. Her credits as director:
Saturday Night Fever, international productions of Starlight Express, US tours
of Joseph and Jesus Christ Superstar, Lord of the Dance, The Songbook of Judy
Garland, Brazouka, Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, The Music of Andrew Lloyd
Webber and the Manchester XVII Commonwealth Games. As choreographer: Jackie The
Musical, Starlight Express, Wizard of Oz, Flashdance, The Sound of Music,
Grease, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar,
EFX at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Sam Cassidy (Music, Book and Lyrics)
Sam Cassidy is primarily known as an actor. Having performed in musicals before
transitioning into television. However, with a burning passion for music, he
never could kick his musical theatre itch, but for Sam, it was all about
creating new exciting theatre that challenged the status quo of what musicals
should be. Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus may be the first show Sam has put
out into the world, but it is by no means the last.
Myth is just the beginning.