A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY IRVING BERLIN BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH STUDIOCANAL
DIRECTED BY THOM SOUTHERLAND
STARRING LIZA GODDARD & BRIAN CAPRON
THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH TO TOUR THE UK FROM 25 SEPTEMBER 2015 Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Brian Eastman and Christabel Albery present a new musical comedy based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, contains some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including Blue Skies, Shakin’ the Blues Away, Let Yourself Go, Steppin’ Out with my Baby and How Deep is the Ocean, as well as some rediscovered gems.
Photo Credit Alastair Muir
Director Thom Southerland said “Berlin’s music provides the perfect accompaniment to our 1950s story, not only in lyric, but in style and period too.”
The UK tour of The Smallest Show on Earth will begin performances on Friday 25 September at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, before playing Coventry, High Wycombe, Glasgow, Plymouth, Crewe, Swansea and Malvern.
Newly-weds Matt and Jean Spenser inherit a cinema and think their fortune is made. But the Bijou, better known as the fleapit, is the victim of a dirty tricks campaign from its rival flashy neighbour The Grand. The Bijou’s benevolent manageress Mrs Fazackalee and unreliable projectionist Mr Quill combine with Matt and Jean to outwit the opposition and restore the Bijou to its former glory.
StudioCanal’s The Smallest Show on Earth was a 1957 British Lion film written by William Rose (Genevieve, The Ladykillers) and directed by Basil Dearden (Blue Lamp, League of Gentlemen). It starred Peter Sellers as Mr Quill and Margaret Rutherford as Mrs Fazackalee, along with Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers as Matt and Jean.
The cast of the new musical comedy will be led by Liza Goddard (Take Three Girls, Bergerac, Grandpa in my Pocket) as Mrs Fazackalee and Brian Capron (Coronation Street, Where the Heart Is, Grange Hill) as Mr Quill. Also in the cast will be Haydn Oakley as Matthew Spenser, Laura Pitt-Pulford as Jean Spenser, Ricky Butt as Ethel Hardcastle, Philip Rham as Albert Hardcastle, Christina Bennington as Marlene Hardcastle, Sam O’Rourke as Tom Fazackalee and Matthew Crowe as Robin Carter, with Leo Andrew, Jacob Chapman, Matthew Dale, Nova Skipp and Leah West.
The UK tour of The Smallest Show on Earth will be directed by Thom Southerland (Parade, Mack & Mabel, Victor/Victoria, Titanic) with set and costume design by David Woodhead, choreography by Lee Proud, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Andrew Johnson, musical supervision by Gareth Valentine, orchestrations by Mark Cumberland, musical direction by Mark Aspinall and casting by Will Burton CDG.
The UK tour of The Smallest Show on Earth – A new Irving Berlin Musical is produced by Brian Eastman, Christabel Albery and Mercury Theatre, Colchester, by special arrangement with StudioCanal.
For more information, visit http://www.thesmallestshowonearth.co.uk
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25 September – 10 October COLCHESTER 01206 573948 Mercury Theatre http://www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
13 – 17 October COVENTRY 024 7655 3055 Belgrade Theatre http://www.belgrade.co.uk
19 – 24 October HIGH WYCOMBE 01494 512 000 Wycombe Swan http://www.wycombeswan.co.uk
26 – 31 October GLASGOW 0844 871 7647 Theatre Royal http://www.atgtickets.com/glasgow
3 – 7 November PLYMOUTH 01752 267222 Theatre Royal http://www.theatreroyal.com
9 – 14 November CREWE 01270 368 242 Lyceum http://www.crewelyceum.co.uk
16 – 21 November SWANSEA 01792 475715 Grand Theatre http://www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseagrandtheatre
23 – 28 November MALVERN 01684 892277 Malvern Theatres http://www.malvern-theatres.co.uk