Part of the 20 Premieres Season | November 2014 - February 2015

THE GRAND TOUR

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble

Based on the play Jacobowsky and The Colonel by Franz Werfel as adapted by S. N. Behrman

Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited

 
Thursday, 1 January – Saturday, 21 February 2015

The European premiere of Jerry Herman’s multi Tony Award Nominated Broadway musical - from the same creative team as Titanic, Parade, Mack & Mabel and Victor/Victoria

★★★★★ Remote Goat
★★★★ Sunday Express
★★★★ Stage Review
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ The Lady
★★★★ Plays To See
★★★★ The Londonist
★★★★ Critical Mass
★★★★ Jonathan Baz 
★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic
★★★★ The Beast’s Pen
★★★★ Paul In London

Opening on Broadway in 1979, The Grand Tour marked Jerry Herman’s long-awaited return to Broadway after almost a decade away. It finally gets its European première, directed by Thom Southerland, as part of the Finborough Theatre’s 20 Premières Season.

France, 1940. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky, an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish colonel, is desperately trying to get to England. Jacobowsky has purchased a car, but he doesn’t know how to drive. The Colonel knows how to drive, but has no car. 

When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis. Together with the Colonel’s girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom. 



Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most engrossing and heartfelt scores, The Grand Tour finds beauty, light and humour in one of history’s darkest hours.

ABOUT COMPOSER AND LYRICIST JERRY HERMAN

Composer and Lyricist Jerry Herman is one of Broadway’s most prolific composers and lyricists, whose best known works include Hello, Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles and Mack & Mabel. Nominated for five Tony Awards, Jerry won twice – for Hello, Dolly! and La Cage aux Folles, and in 2009, received the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

ABOUT LIBRETTIST MICHAEL STEWART

Librettist Michael Stewart made his Broadway debut with Bye Bye Birdie in 1960. After winning two Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical for Hello, Dolly!, Michael was further nominated for Mack & Mabel, Carnival!, I Love My Wife, Barnum, 42nd Street and Harrigan ‘n Hart.

ABOUT LIBRETTIST MARK BRAMBLE

Librettist Mark Bramble has been nominated for three Tony Awards: for Best Book of a Musical for Barnum and 42nd Street and Best Direction of a Musical for 42nd Street.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR THOM SOUTHERLAND

Director Thom Southerland returns to the Finborough Theatre, where his previous productions include Me And Juliet, for which he was named Best Director at the 2011 Off West End Theatre Awards, and the European première of State Fair, which transferred to Trafalgar Studios. Thom was also longlisted Best Newcomer in the 2011 Evening Standard Awards for Parade. Theatre includes Titanic, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel and Parade (Southwark Playhouse), Daisy Pulls It Off, Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam! (Upstairs At The Gatehouse), the European première of I Sing!, Divorce Me, Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game and sold-out all-male adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union Theatre), Noël and Gertie (Cockpit Theatre) and the European première of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor Theatre).

ABOUT THE PRODUCER DANIELLE TARENTO

Producer and Casting Director Danielle Tarento was named Best Producer at the 2012 Off West End Awards. She recently won Best Off West End Production (2014 Whatsonstage Awards) and Best Musical Production (2014 OffWestEnd Awards) for Titanic at Southwark Playhouse. Theatre includes Dogfight, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Parade, Company and Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse), Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse), The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola Theatre), Burlesque and Drowning on Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Noël and Gertie (Cockpit Theatre). Danielle is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory and co-produced all its in-house shows between 2004 - 2006 including Sunday In The Park With George which received a West End transfer and five Olivier Awards.

THE PRESS ON THE GRAND TOUR

"The great Tarento/ Southerland combination has found another little treasure from hidden Broadway and made it a triumph... totally unexpected, full of wry humour and heartbreakingly beautiful"
★★★★★ Remote Goat

"The crackerjack cast of 11 is brilliantly led by twinkling and tender Alastair Brookshaw"
★★★★ Sunday Express

"A grand achievement for this cheeky and dark-humoured gem. Surprising and sumptuous at the hands of Southerland and Tarento, it certainly was worth the three decade wait"
★★★★ Grumpy Gay Critic

"It’s perfectly suited to the smaller space, beautifully produced, immensely enjoyable and with faultless performances from the trio of leads"
★★★★ Stage Review

“Thom Southerland's production of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour defines all that good in fringe theatre today... yet another slice of theatrical genius"
★★★★ Jonathan Baz

"It's rare and special to discover such a beautiful musical for the first time"
★★★★ West End Frame


"An extraordinarily moving performance by Alastair Brookshaw as Jacobowsky"
★★★★ The Beast's Pen

"A lost gem, that is quite profound in its own right"
★★★★ The Londonist

"As you expect from a Southerland/Tarento show, ensemble casting is excellent and singing of the highest standard"
★★★★ Critical Mass

"Moving and uplifting. Normally I’d call for a transfer, but this neglected gem has found its ideal setting."
★★★★ The Lady

"A slick, interesting and innovative production"
★★★★ Everything Theatre

"In the sometimes painful honesty of Herman's ballads there is real craft and sophistication at work...a little miracle of memorable simplicity like 'Marianne' comes from the musical imagination of a very gifted melodist"
★★★ The Arts Desk

"It’s a spirited, creative staging, and its beating heart is a terrific performance from Alastair Brookshaw as Jacobowsky – soulful, battered and charming"
★★★ Time Out

"Minimally but persuasively staged...an endearing evening"
★★★ The Times

"A good deal of affection has been invested in crafting this intimate production"
★★★ Evening Standard

"Thom Southerland’s intimate, warm revival is enchanting as well as unsettling, with wonderful, masterful staging and a beautiful set"
★★★ Musical Theatre Review

"Thom Southerland's revival is a tale of life, love and liberty, ambitious in its conception and rewarding in its execution"
BroadwayWorld

"This touching tale of one symbolic man’s fight for survival, and of irrepressible optimism in the face of adversity, is well worth a visit"
TNT

"A minor creative miracle...worth seeing in its own right and not just by collectors of musical ephemera "
Jewish Renaissance

"Ingenious...A small theater taken over by large imaginations"
New York Times

TICKETS AND TIMES

Thursday, 1 January – Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.00pm.
(No Saturday matinee 10 January ).
Extra Friday matinee 20th February 2015 at 3.00pm.

Performance Length: Two hours including one twenty minute interval.

6-25 January

Tickets £20, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.
Previews (1 - 4 Janaury) £14 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday 10 January when booked online only.

27 January - 21 February

Tickets £22, £18 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £22 all seats. 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Performance Length: Two hours including one twenty minute interval.

Direction by Thom Southerland

Choreography by Cressida Carré

Musical Direction by Joanna Cichonska

Set Design by Phil Lindley

Lighting Design by Derek Anderson

Sound Design by Max Pappenheim

Costume Design by Sophia Simensky

Presented and Cast by Danielle Tarento.

ALASTAIR BROOKSHAW

MICHAEL COTTON

ZOE DOANO

LAUREL DOUGALL

ELIZABETH GRAHAM

NATASHA KARP

NIC KYLE

VINCENT PIRILLO

BLAIR ROBERTSON

SAMUEL J WEIR

LIZZIE WOFFORD