In the first musical to be staged at Park 90, the Park Theatre’s smaller space, The Burnt Part Boys proves to be one of the finest examples of Off West End musical theatre.
The stage is set beautifully. A gathering of men, singing to the sky, tell of the distant depths they travel to for their work, and their hopes of returning to the surface to see the sun once again. After this powerful opening, the next few scenes didn’t quite live up to what was promised at the outset. There were a few hurried lines, a song where the characters were drunk, some overwrought emotions that seemed out-of-place at the outset of a show.
This European premiere production of American musical The Burnt Part Boys, running at London’s Park Theatre until 3 September 2016, is directed by Matthew Iliffe and follows the story of a group of teenagers living under the shadow of a tragic mining accident. But what have critics been saying about it?
Park Theatre Artistic Director Jez Bond today announces its new season of work, all in association with a host of exciting and diverse producers, including four world premieres, three UK premieres, two European premieres and a London premiere.