Theatre meets local history in Glenn Chandler and Charles Miller’s ‘romantic’, ‘fruity’, ‘bawdy’ and ‘thought-provoking’ new musical at London’s Above the Stag Theatre. We’ve rounded up review highlights for The Pleasure Garden, which continues until 17 October 2021, including a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates founder Terri Paddock this Wednesday 29 September. Time to get booking!
Set in 1850 in the waning heyday of the hedonistic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (still located just behind the modern-day theatre) The Pleasure Garden centres on Tom Reckless, a handsome young gardener, who is torn between the affections of a hopelessly romantic shipping clerk and a sexually voracious aristocratic couple. With the gardens closing and his livelihood under threat, will Tom choose a bohemian life with Ralph; employment with the unorthodox Lord and Lady Lovelock; or answer the drumbeat of a looming overseas war?
The Pleasure Garden has a book and lyrics by Glenn Chandler, with music by Charles Miller. Musical direction is by Aaron Clingham, choreography by Carole Todd, set and costumes by David Shields and lighting by Joseph Ed Thomas.
The cast are Sam Baumal (as Tom Restless), Jay Worley (Ralph Pottinger), Ashleigh Harvey (Lady Maude Lovelock), Rory-Charlie Campbell (Lord Roger Lovelock), Steve Watts (The Hermit), Jennie Jacobs (Captain Antrobus), Jonathan Harlaw (Albert) and Bea Amora Wong (Princess Saura).
The Pleasure Garden runs from 15 September to 17 October 2021 at the Above the Stag Theatre, 72 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP, with performances Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3.30pm. Tickets from £24. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Production photography by PBG Studios.