Adelphi Theatre
West End

For one night only, leading West End venue the Adelphi Theatre will host a new musical to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Written by Robert J. Sherman, Bumblescratch is a sung-through musical set in London during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire that tore through the East End the following year. Told from the point of view of Melbourne Bumblescratch, a salacious, deranged plague rat, Bumblescratch is a special love story between a mad rat and the great city of London.

This performance is in aid of Variety, the Children’s Charity, and is part of commemorations for the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East End for four days from 2 to 5 September 1666.


Book your tickets for Bumblescratch at The Adelphi Theatre today.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Robert J. Sherman
Stewart Nicholls
Songs by: 
Robert J. Sherman
David W. Kidd
Andy Johnson
Gabiella Slade
Stewart Nicholls
Gabiella Slade
Cast list: 
Darren Day, Michael Xavier, Jessica Martin
Other info: 
Musical direction by Tom Kelly
Bumblescratch Schedule
Previews from: 
Sunday, 4 September, 2016
Opening date: 
Sunday, 4 September, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 22 October, 2016
Booking to: 
Sunday, 4 September, 2016
409-412 Strand, London, WC2R 0NS
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

Latest Bumblescratch News & Features

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Darren Day and Michael Xavier star in Bumblescratch for Variety Children's Charity

Initial casting has today been announced for the one-off charity gala concert of Robert J. Sherman's new musical Bumblescratch which plays at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End on 4 September 2016 at 6.30pm.

Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin will star in the production, with further cast to be announced.

Our Review

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