Encore! After a fun-filled event during its Off-West End season at The Vaults last spring, I’m delighted to be able to play a small part in the next stage of MISS NIGHTINGALE‘s wonderful success story as it gets a new extended London season in the heart of the West End…
Homegrown British musical MISS NIGHTINGALE, set in London during the Second World War, gets its much-anticipated West End debut at the stylish, 180-seat theatre at the Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square.
This original British musical, set in 1940s London during World War Two, is created and written by Matthew Bugg and features 16 original songs, from innuendo-laden Music Hall style numbers to tender ballads and complex trios and quartets, which wonderfully capture the soaring spirit and biting wit of the 1940s.
An intimate underground cabaret club opens in the heart of London. A saucy new star shines under the spotlight. Two men struggle to bring their illicit love out of the shadows. The war-torn capital has never been so revealing! Welcome to the Glitz of the Blitz; where showgirls, secrets and scandal abound. A world where aristocrats jostle with black-market spivs, songwriters take to the streets and nothing is quite as it seems.
Maggie Brown, an aspiring singer and her best friend George Nowodny, a songwriter and Jewish refugee, perform a dazzling act at the newest nightclub in town, owned by wealthy socialite and RAF war-hero, Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe. Maggie’s beau Tom Connor paves the way for the sexy and charismatic ‘Miss Nightingale’ to be born, and the musical duo quickly find themselves with a West End hit. However, what the leading lady doesn’t know, is that George and Sir Frank are hiding a secret and as Miss Nightingale’s success grows, so does a forbidden love between the two men.
From the moment the audience arrive at the Hippodrome Casino’s beautifully intimate theatre space, they will be taken back in time to the hilarious and heart-warming world of the wartime West End. Themed food and drink will be served at cabaret tables and the audience will be able to immerse themselves in World War II London life during the days of air-raids, rationing and the Great British stiff upper lip.
This joyous, new musical is performed by a cast of six actor-musicians, led by Lauren Chinery in the title role, alongside Oliver Mawdsley as Frank, Matthew Floyd Jones as George, Adam Langstaff as Tom, Tobias Oliver as Clifford and creator Matthew Bugg himself, in the role of Harry. The production has set design by Carla Goodman, lighting by Craig Garratt, original lighting designs by David Phillips, sound by Danny Kissane, and is produced by Mr Bugg Presents and The Hippodrome Casino.
Since it was first staged in 2011 at The Lowry Studio, Salford, MISS NIGHTINGALE has completed five sold-out UK tours, had a headline season at The Vaults in 2017 and featured in the Guardian’s ‘Top 50 Must-Sees’. ** NOTE: Hippodrome Casino is open to over 18s only. If you are lucky enough to look under 25, you must bring photo ID
For the Q&A on Thursday 29 March 2018, I’ll be joined by MISS NIGHTINGALE writer and director Matthew Bugg and the cast.