Moby Dick the Musical Revived at the Union
Saucy cult hit Moby Dick! The Musical returns to London for 25th Anniversary
A new production of the cult-hit Moby Dick! the Musical will run at the Union Theatre in Southwark, south London, from 12 October to 12 November 2016 produced by Amy Anzel in association with Matt Chisling.
The show was originally produced in London by Cameron Mackintosh following its premiere at the Oxford Old Fire Station. The show received scathing reviews and closed at the Piccadilly Theatre after just four months, and has since become a staple of regional and amateur theatre groups after being reworked into a brand new production.
Moby Dick! The Musical has a book by Robert Longden and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye. This new production is being staged for the show's 25th Anniversary and will be directed and choreographed by double Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright. Musical direction will be by Lee Freeman, with set design by Anna Kelsey, costume design by Ryan Walkett, lighting design by Tim Deiling and sound design by James Nicholson.
"The anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley's Academy for Young Ladies are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and it's threatened with closure. Determined to save their school from bankruptcy, the resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser - a musical version of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, featuring their own headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab."
Cameron Mackintosh said of the announcement:
'When I first put on Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye's irrepressible version of 'Moby Dick! The Musical' 25 years ago, London had virtually no Off West End theatre and the outrageous joy of shows like 'The Producers' and 'The Book Of Mormon' were still decades away. An unlikely alliance between Melville's great novel and the immortal St. Trinian's girls, 'Moby Dick! The Musical' is truly a whale of a tale. I'm really delighted that Andrew Wright saw the show as a student in Oxford and has taken up his harpoon to bring Moby roaring back to the New Union Theatre with a wonderful diverse young cast of school 'girls' to holler 'Thar She Blows'!!'
Moby Dick! The Musical will be the second production in The New Union Theatre's new season, following their revival of The Fix.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.