Maggie May

Maggie May

The first professional London production since its 1964 premiere of the hit British musical Maggie May.

A hard-hitting celebration of working class life in Liverpool’s docks in the 1960s, Maggie May is the story of the doomed love affair between ‘street walker’ Maggie May Duffy and sailor Patrick Casey, the son of a union-martyr, initially reluctant but finally proud to assume his father’s mantle. Around them is a gallery of strongly-drawn characters: Willie Morgan, the corrupt demagogic union leader, Juddah, the ‘fixer’ and traitor, and Old Dooley, obsessed with past union struggles, all caught up in a allegoric musical drama with a devastating tragic climax.

Winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Score of the Year, the show includes one the most musically diverse scores of the 1960s, ranging from bitter sweet ballads, Mersey Beat rock’n’roll, and classic chorus numbers from Lionel Bart, the man that Andrew Lloyd Webber described as “the father of the modern British musical”.

Revived by the National Youth Theatre in an acclaimed West End production in 1992, this is the first professional London production since its premiere 55 years ago at the Adelphi Theatre, London, starring Rachel Roberts, Kenneth Haigh and Barry Humphries. This production also commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart.

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Alun Owen
Matthew Iliffe
Songs by:
Lionel Bart
Jonathan Simpson
Philip Matejtschuk
Verity Johnson
Sam Spencer-Lane
Verity Johnson
Cast list:
Joshua Barton. Euan Bennet, Chloe Carrington, James Darch, Kara Lily Hayworth, Aaron Kavanagh, Leon Kay, David Keller, Cathy McManamon, Michael Nelson, Mark Pearce and Barnaby Taylor

Finborough Theatre

Above The Finborough Wine Cafe, 118 Finborough Rd London, SW10 9ED
Venue Box Office:
020 7244 7439
Nearest tube:
Earl's Court or West Brompton

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The Finborough is one of London's fringe powerhouses: a tiny theatre that specialises in both premieres (it introduced new voices like James Graham and Laura Wade, both of whom have gone on to West End success) and revivals of rarely-seen plays and the occasional musical.

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Maggie May
Video: Why is British musical Maggie May being revived for the first time in 50 years?
Thursday, April 4, 2019

It may not be known for staging musical revivals with double-figure casts – more so championing new writers such as James Graham – but at the Finborough Theatre, a special British musical is being revived at the pub theatre space. Lionel Bart and Alun Owen’s musical Maggie May is set on the docks in Liverpool focussing on the life of streetwalker Margaret Duffy and her sweetheart sailor Patrick Casey. First staged at the Adelphi in 1964, where it ran for over 500 performances, the Novello Award-winning musical hasn’t been professionally staged in over 50 years.

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