‘Berlusconi’ musical to open at Southwark Playhouse

Discover more about the Italian politician, Silvio Berlusconi.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

A new musical based on the life of Italian Prime Minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi will open at Southwark Playhouse. Berlusconi begins previews at Southwark Playhouse Elephant on 25 March, ahead of an opening night on 29 March, and performances to 29 April.

The Berlusconi musical details the populist Italian leader’s time in office, told from the perspective of three women who wish to share their side of the story.

“It's a musical which places a fierce feminist lens on a political leader who was known for his charming misogyny and spotlights the human cost of his time in office. Berlusconi upended Italian politics and it could not feel timelier, or more appropriate to be exploring this outrageous and almost true story with riotous comedy and sensational songs,” said producer Francesca Moody.

James Grieve directs Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan’s musical. The show features choreography by Rebecca Howell, set and costume design by Lucy Osborne, and sound design by Dan Samson.

Berlusconi is one of the first musicals to open at the new theatre, Southwark Playhouse Elephant. The Off-West End theatre will open with Enda Walsh's The Walworth Farce. Find out more about Southwark Playhouse Elephant.

Berlusconi is at Southwark Playhouse Elephant.

Photo credit: Berlusconi artwork (Photo courtesy of production)

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