Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Book by Alun Owen
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd
on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd
27 MARCH - 20 APRIL 2019
“Liverpool is a Lady and the lady's name is Margaret Mary Duffy, known to her lovers from Lime Street to Buenos Aires, as Maggie May.” Alun Owen
The first professional London production since its 1964 premiere, the hit British musical Maggie May with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart and book by renowned dramatist Alun Owen, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a strictly limited four week season from 27 March 2019.
A hard-hitting celebration of working class life in Liverpool’s docks in the 1960s, Maggie May is the story of the doomed love affair between ‘street walker’ Maggie May Duffy and sailor Patrick Casey, the son of a union-martyr, initially reluctant but finally proud to assume his father’s mantle. Around them is a gallery of strongly-drawn characters: Willie Morgan, the corrupt demagogic union leader, Juddah, the ‘fixer’ and traitor, and Old Dooley, obsessed with past union struggles, all caught up in a allegoric musical drama with a devastating tragic climax.
Winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Score of the Year, the show includes one the most musically diverse scores of the 1960s, ranging from bitter sweet ballads, Mersey Beat rock’n’roll, and classic chorus numbers from Lionel Bart, the man that Andrew Lloyd Webber described as “the father of the modern British musical”.
Revived by the National Youth Theatre in an acclaimed West End production in 1992, this is the first professional London production since its premiere 55 years ago at the Adelphi Theatre, London, starring Rachel Roberts, Kenneth Haigh and Barry Humphries.
This production commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart.
Nominated for two OFFIE Awards - Best Set Design & Best Female Performance in a Musical
Directed by Matthew Iliffe
Set & Costume Design by Verity Johnson
Choreography Supervision by Sam Spencer-Lane
Musical Direction by Henry Brennan
Lighting Design by Jonathan Simpson
Sound Design by Philip Matejtschuk
Assistant Director Sophie Drake
Casting by Debbie O'Brien Casting
Stage Management by Robyn Amber Manners
Presented by SDWC Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.
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