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New musical ‘The Rhythmics’ to open at Southwark Playhouse

The British musical follows an all-male rhythmic gymnastics troupe.

A new British musical inspired by gymnastics will open at Southwark Playhouse later this year. P Burton-Morgan and Ben Glasstones. The Rhythmics is at Southwark Playhouse from 2 December - 8 Jan. 2022.

The Rhythmics centres around Grey, a middle-aged man who accidentally auditions for an all-male rhythmic gymnastics troupe instead of a rock band. Competing with his new-found team, they make it to the world championships, twirling what press material states are “ribbons of fire.”

The Rhythmics is directed by P Burton-Morgan, with choreography by Mark Smith, set and lighting design by Will Reynolds, sound design by James Nicholson and costume design by Francine Huin-Wah.

Speaking about the musical, Burton-Morgan said: "[I'm] so thrilled to finally share the world premiere of this original new British musical with live audiences. I can’t think of anything more uplifting to welcome people back into theatres than this heart warming and hilarious tale of community and connection. A tonic for our times; Ben’s joyous score is an absolute bop.”

A cast album for the show was created last year and was released in July 2020. All performances of The Rhythmics will include British Sign Language-integrated choreography, as well as caption screens.

Other upcoming shows at Southwark Playhouse in 2021 include John & Jen starring Rachel Tucker and the world premiere of Indecent Proposal.

The Rhythmics is at Southwark Playhouse from 2 December - 8 Jan. 2022. Watch the “Got Your Back” music video below.


Photo credit: The Rhythmics (Photo courtesy of The Rhythmics)


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