Darren Day and Michael Xavier star in Bumblescratch for Variety Children's Charity

Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin star in one night musical by Robert J. Sherman.

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.

The performance is in aid of Variety, the Children’s Charity and is part of the 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. It features book, music and lyrics by Robert J Sherman and is directed and choreographed by Stewart Nicholls with lighting design by David W. Kidd, sound design by Andy Johnson, set and costume design by Gabiella Slade and musical direction by Tom Kelly.

Bumblescratch is described as a new musical comedy. Set in London during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666, it is told from the perspective of a demented, lascivious plague rat named Melbourne Bumblescratch (Darren Day), who demonstrates his unique and twisted love affair with the ancient city through telling his marvelously gruesome tale's.

Composer Robert J. Sherman is continuing the enduring legacy of his father and uncle, Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, a.k.a The Sherman Brothers, the songwriting duo behind childhood classics including Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book.

Tickets for the one-off gala are now on sale.


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