Clarke Peters’ exuberant award-winning Five Guys Named Moe will be the launch production at a new pop-up theatre in London’s Marble Arch in September.
Underbelly Productions has confirmed details of the revival of the hit show which will be directed by Peters himself and will have an initial booking period from 28 August until 25 November with an opening night on 14 September.
Designed specifically for the production, The Marble Arch Theatre will transport the audience back in time to the jazz bars of 1940s New Orleans. A unique circular auditorium will ensure that the action truly takes place in the round, while the theatre’s authentic 1940s era foyer cocktail bar will ensure pre- and post performance drinks will add authenticity to the evening.
Featuring the hits of jazz legend Louis Jordan, musical staging and choreography will be by Andrew Wright, taking inspiration from Charles Augins’ original choreography. Set and costume design will be by takis, with lighting design by Philip Gladwell and sound design by Ben Harrison.
Commenting on the production, Peters said: “It’s a rare and wonderful thing to have the chance to direct a show that not only you have created but also performed in. It’s a show that is very close to my heart and soul and is so much of who I am.
“It’s an honour to return to it on its 25th anniversary and reimagine the show in this new theatre space; one which is perfect for creating a closeness and dynamic energy between the story and the audience. Further to this, it’s a treat to be working with a fantastic creative team and I can’t wait to transport audiences into the magical world of rhythm and blues. This rhythm will lift one and all from their blues!”
Cameron Mackintosh added: “I am really thrilled that Underbelly are producing a brand new production of Five Guys Named Moe in London later this year. It’s a show that brought fun and joy to audiences in the West End for many years, so it’s great to see its return for its 25th anniversary.
“I am particularly excited that this new production is being staged in a Spiegeltent theatre specifically tailored for Five Guys. Underbelly’s unique style will give audiences and the show a special intimate experience which will definitely make it the best party in town – a party which I’m delighted to support Underbelly in throwing.”
Commenting on behalf of Westminster City Council, deputy leader and Cabinet member for Business, Culture and Heritage, Robert Davis, said: “Westminster City Council is delighted to be working with Underbelly Productions to bring Five Guys Named Moe to Marble Arch in its very own, bespoke theatre.
“Bringing this internationally acclaimed musical to this world-renowned, iconic space is a truly mouth-watering prospect that will further increase the cultural offer available to residents, businesses and visitors throughout the City of Westminster. To quote the show itself: ‘Let The Good Times Roll’!”
First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, Five Guys Named Moe was soon transferred to the West End where it played for four years. In 1992 the show made its Broadway debut.
Tickets for Five Guys Named Moe are available HERE