Moby Dick! The Musical sails into the new Union Theatre

Moby Dick! The MusicalMoby Dick! The Musical is to be revived at London’s new Union Theatre this autumn.

Produced by Cameron Mackintosh in 1992, Moby Dick! The Musical has a book by Robert Longden with music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye.

The new production, which will be directed and choreographed by double Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright, will play the south London venue from 12 October until 12 November.

Commenting on news of the revival Mackintosh said: “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 theatres and the outrageous joy of shows like The Producers and The Book of Mormon were still decades away. I’m really delighted that Andrew Wright has taken up his harpoon to bring Moby roaring back to the new Union Theatre.”

A St Trinians-style tale of a group of schoolgirls who stage a musical version of Herman Melville’s classic novel to raise funds to save their school, the show had a short-lived West End run in 1992. Although panned by the critics, the piece attracted a cult following and the team behind the new production are encouraging audience members to get involved by wearing school uniform.

Director and choreographer Wright commented: “I saw the original production at the Oxford Fire Station in 1991 and fell in love with its anarchic charm and sheer exuberance. The new Union Theatre is the perfect venue to unleash the girls of St Godley’s version of this classic tale 25 years on.”

Staged to coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary, the show’s creative team also includes musical director Lee |Freeman, set designer Anna Kelsey, costume designer Ryan Walklett, lighting designer Tim Deiling, and sound designer James Nicholson. Moby Dick! The Musical is produced by Amy Anzel in association with Matt Chisling. The casting director is Adam Braham.

Angela Thomas

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