The producers of next month’s production of Barbara Jane Mackie’s Rumpy Pumpy! have released a first look at Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson in character, along with full casting details.
The home-grown musical, based on the true story of two WI members who became the unlikely champions of the rights of prostitutes, is due to open at Windsor’s Theatre Royal in November ahead of seven performances at London’s Union Theatre.
Craig Armstrong, Basienka Blake, Liberty Buckland, Claudia Cadette, James Charlton, Tricia Deighton, Sally Frith, Alex Roots and Scarlet Wilderink will join the previously announced Nolan and Jameson in the production which will be directed by Simon Greiff.
The show, which debuted in London last year, is inspired by the incredible story of Hampshire Women’s Institute members Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels who campaigned to improve conditions for ‘working girls’ everywhere.
Commenting on the show and its origins, writer and composer Mackie says: “I spent time with several brothel Madams, meeting their working girls and hearing their stories. I realised that the story of these girls would intertwine powerfully with the story of the two WI ladies, as all of these women wanted the same thing: the decriminalisation of prostitution. Rumpy Pumpy! is my way of wrapping up a complex subject and creating something fun and frothy with a gritty edge.”
The Tea & Crumpets production will be produced by Mackie with executive producers Terry Loveday, Michael Loveday and Tony Steyger. The creative team also includes musical director Paul Smith and musical arranger Steve Parker with casting by Benjamin Newsome.
Rumpy Pumpy! will play the Theatre Royal, Windsor from Tuesday 1 until Saturday 5 November before moving to the Union Theatre, London from Monday 14 until Saturday 19 November.