As with last year, there were too many brilliant performances to restrict this to one combined list – so once again I’ve split them up into male and female performances.
Having only being familiar with Lionel Bart’s most famous musical Oliver! it is refreshing to see the Finborough Theatre rediscovering this little known musical set in Liverpool and director Matthew Iliffe gives Maggie May it a lively production.
Smiles, laughter and a fair amount of pointing – check out what Alix Dunmore and the cast of Jane Clegg have been up to in rehearsals for Finborough Theatre’s revival of St John Ervine’s drama, then book your tickets!
The London Fringe has been diligent in ploughing back catalogue after back catalogue for ‘forgotten’ musicals, and Maggie May has not been seen in London for 55 years.
As director David Gilmore prepares to stage St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg at Finborough Theatre, he tells us about its “handling of a red-hot issue” and why it’s perfect for the acclaimed London pub theatre. Read his insightful interview, then book your tickets!
Lionel Bart and Alun Owen’s musical Maggie May first opened in London 55 years ago, when it made its debut at the Adelphi Theatre in September 1964 – despite its success it hasn’t been seen since.
Lionel Bart’s love letter to Liverpool is an interesting choice of revival. Originally performed at the Adelphi in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania and the Merseybeat, Bart claims he came up with the concept before anyone had even heard of the Beatles.
St John Ervine’s pre-First World War tale of a woman attempting to escape her marriage, Jane Clegg, will be revived at Finborough Theatre this spring, marking the first time the play has been seen in the capital for more than 75 years! Book your tickets now!