More than ninety years after it was first seen, the original version of Gershwin musical Strike Up The Band gets its London debut next week at Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Get a sneak peek behind the scenes with our rehearsal photograph and this great feature with director Mark Giesser. Time to get booking!
Written with George S Kaufman in 1927, the original script for the George and Ira Gershwin‘s madcap musical Strike Up the Band was rewritten by Morrie Ryskind in 1930. This production, running from 6 to 31 March 2019 at London’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse, presents the original, with the dark satire on America’s war-mongering over a trade deal re-established.
In 1927, Horace J Fletcher is a typical self-made American businessman. His cheese factory dominates the market, he influences the White House, and he’s secured his business future by agreeing to marry his daughter, Joan, to his factory manager. He does have one problem. Switzerland has the audacity to protest America’s heavy new tariff on imported cheese.
Fletcher convinces the US government to declare war, backing it with his bucks. Jim Townsend, a newspaperman, suspects all may not be wholesome, but he and Joan fall for each other. Will making the world safe for American cheese be more than just a walk in the Alps?
Strike Up the Band is directed by produced by Mark Giesser for Alces Productions. Also in the creative team are musical director Bobby Goulder, lighting designer William Leighton, set designer Camille Etchart, costume designer Giulia Scrimieri and choreographer Orley Quick.
Strike Up the Band runs from 6 to 31 March 2019 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 4pm. Tickets are priced £16-£20. Phone 020 8340 3488 or CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Richard Emerson stars as ‘typical self-made American businessman’ Horace J Fletcher, alongside Beth Burrows (as Joan Fletcher), Paul Biggin (Jim Townsend), Pippa Winslow (Mrs Draper), Charlotte Christensen (Anne Draper), Adam Scott Pringle (Timothy Harper), Robert Finlayson (Colonel Holmes), Nicholas McBride (C Edgar Sloane), David Francis (George Spelvin) and Sammy Graham (Bob). See StageFaves.com for more photos.