MAGGIE MAY

Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Book by Alun Owen.

 
Wednesday, 27 March – Saturday, 20 April 2019.

The first London production in over 50 years

“Oh the Liver Bird is a statue
On a building high by the pier.
Lord of Merseyside, staring at you,

 To his beady eye, all is clear…”

The first professional London production since its 1964 premiere of the hit British musical Maggie May.

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 also commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart.

“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

ABOUT THE COMPOSER AND LYRICIST LIONEL BART


Composer and Lyricist Lionel Bart (1930-1999) is best known for the internationally acclaimed and Tony award winning Oliver! (West End 1960 and Broadway 1963). His other musicals include Lock Up Your Daughters (1959), Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be (1959), Blitz! (1962), Twang!! (1965), La Strada (1969) and Lionel! (1977). His notable songs include the theme song to the James Bond film From Russia with Love, and the hit songs Living Doll by Cliff Richard, Far Away by Shirley Bassey, and several songs recorded by Tommy Steele (A Handful of Songs, Butterfingers and Little White Bull). Bart is also credited as being the first manager of The Rolling Stones and, at one stage, was also Judy Garland's manager. He received a special Ivor Novello Award for Life Achievement in 1986.

ABOUT THE LIBRETTIST ALUN OWEN

Librettist Alun Owen (1925-1994) was born in Liverpool. He is best remembered for writing the screenplay of The Beatles' debut feature film A Hard Day's Night (1964), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His many other works for stage, film, radio and television include Progress to the Park (Theatre Royal Stratford East and West End 1960), The Rough and Ready Lot (1959), No Trams to Lime Street (1959), The Criminal (1960), Lucky (1974) and Come Home, Charlie, and Face Them (1990).

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR MATTHEW ILIFFE

Director Matthew Iliffe previous productions include the European premiere ofThe Burnt Part Boys which was nominated for the OffWestEnd Award for Best Director and Best Musical Production (Park Theatre), Side By Side By Sondheim (The Piano Bar, Bristol Hippodrome), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Landor Theatre), Precious Little Talent (The Albany), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol) and The Way Things Weren't (The Room Above, Bristol). Assistant Direction includes Brass (National Youth Music Theatre at the Hackney Empire) and Romeo and Juliet (Eastville Park, Bristol). Matthew graduated from the University of Bristol with a first class honours degree in Theatre and Performance Studies, and trained on the StoneCrabs Young Directors Programme, in association with The Albany.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER EFFIE STEVENSON

Producer Effie Stevenson is Producer and Company Director of SDWC Productions Ltd, a theatre production company based in London's West End. Previous productions include revivals of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Landor Theatre) and I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road (Jermyn Street Theatre), and the European premieres of The Burnt Part Boys (Park Theatre) and Adding Machine: A Musical (Finborough Theatre). She is a recipient of a Stage One bursary for new producers and has recently been working with Clean Break Theatre Company. Her work has been nominated for a total of nineteen OffWestEnd Awards, and won the BroadwayWorld.com award for Best New London Fringe Production.

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR MATTHEW ILIFFE’S PRODUCTION OF THE BURNT PART BOYS

“It’s the imaginative way that the audience is taken on this journey by director Matthew Iliffe that makes this show truly special.” Musical Theatre Review

“A forward-thinking and meticulous director.” A Younger Theatre 

“This unusual musical is gripping and its staging imaginative…Expertly sung and staged.” The Stage

“Powerfully told and imaginatively staged.” Stage Review

“One of the finest examples of Off West End musical theatre... The show under Matthew Iliffe's direction, is also staged perfectly.” Jonathan Baz

“Staged with heart and craft... one of the best new shows in town.” Mark Shenton

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR MATTHEW ILIFFE’S PRODUCTION OF THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

“Director Matthew Iliffe [gives] it some diamond dazzle.” The Times

“Matthew Iliffe directs with pizzazz.” Bargain Theatreland

“Perfect direction from young Matthew Iliffe.” BroadwayWorld

THE PRESS ON THE 1964 PRODUCTION OF MAGGIE MAY AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE

“A milestone in British musicals” News of the World

"Explosively vigorous" The Times

"Bart's best score to date" Daily Mirror

"Maggie May is a triumph" Evening News

"The audience rose and thundered" The Guardian

"A richness rare in musicals" Sunday Times

“A pop musical edging towards ballad opera” Sunday Times

“This is a punchy, pungent, spectacle of a show...big, bold and energetic" The Observer

"(Lionel Bart’s) songs have never been better” The Daily Telegraph

“Brassy, vigorous and tuneful ... Liverpool has come to town with noise, vigour, earthy dialogue and raucous music” The Stage

"The most vigorous musical since West Side Story” Daily Express

“Liverpool, tough, noisy and slightly sinister comes alive” The Sun

“A tip-top show” Manchester Evening News 

“One roaring, vital, great hit” Yorkshire Post

“A theatrical spectacular, an assembly of the talents” The Spectator

“For vitality and excitement, Lionel Bart’s musical is the best show in town” Vogue 

TICKETS AND TIMES

Wednesday, 27 March – Saturday, 20 April 2019

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.00pm.

Performance Length: Approximately two hours with one interval of fifteen minutes.

Prices until 7 April 2019

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.
Previews (27 - 28 March 2019) £14 all seats.

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

£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 30 March 2019 when booked online only.

Prices from 9 April 2019

Tickets £25, £20 concessions

except Tuesday evenings £20 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £25 all seats. 

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Wednesday, 27 March – Saturday, 20 April 2019

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Directed by Matthew Iliffe

Presented by SDWC Productions Ltd in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd

Casting to be announced.

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