It’s opening night at London’s highest theatre – Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse – where the original 1927 version of Gershwin musical Strike Up The Band is now receiving a rare production til 31 March 2019. Check out our first-look gallery of production photography – and then 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. Mark Giesser directs for Alces Productions.
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 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).
Production photography by Andreas Lambis. See StageFaves.com for more photos.