X Factor – It’s Time to Face The Musical! hits the London stage in early 2014 in a co-production from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Europe’s biggest theatre chain-cum-producer Stage Entertainment.
Scheduled for the Palladium theatre, casting for the show is due to begin in May. Comic Harry Hill and Spend Spend Spend creator Steve Brown share responsibility for lyrics, with Hill also writing the book and Brown the music.
Double Olivier Award-winning Sean Foley directs, while Es Devlin and Kate Prince will take charge of design and choreography respectively.
The new show, which will feature 19 new songs, is described by the producers as “an affectionate poke at the world’s most talked-about talent show that will please friends and knockers of the X Factor in equal measure.”
Its plot centres on Chenice, ‘the only girl in the world who has never heard of the X Factor’, who stumbles into the auditions with her talking dog, only to find stardom and love in the shape of her fellow contestant, Max. On the road to celebrity she finds herself pitched against contestants of varying talent before a panel of instantly-recognisable judges.
Casting details are yet to be confirmed but other creative talent recruited so far includes sound designer Gareth Owen and lighting designer Hugh Vanstone, with Phillip Bateman as musical supervisor.