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ACORN ANTIQUES - The Musical

Playbill

Theatre Royal Haymarket.

from January 31st for 6 weeks. First night 10 February, 2005

Author: Victoria Wood; Director: Trevor Nunn; Producer: Phil McIntyre Entertainments; Designer: Les Brotherton; Choreographer: Stephen Mear; Lighting Designer: Andrew Bridge; Costume Designer: Stephen Brimson-Lewis; Sound: Paul Groothuis; Orchestrations: Chris Walker; Musical Director: Nick Finlow

Starring Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Josie Lawrence and Neil Morrisey;

Cast

Julie Walters - Bo Beaumont/Mrs Overall
Victoria Wood - Bo Beaumont/Mrs Overall (some performances)
Celia Imrie - Mrs Babs
Duncan Preston - Mr Clifford
Sally Ann Triplett - Miss Berta
Josie Lawrence - Donna/Ms Teny
Neil Morrissey - John/Tony
Gareth Bryn - Steve/Hugh
Jenna Boyd - Mimi
Lorraine Chappell - Suzi
Daniele Coombe - Sally/Mrs Wellbelove
Paul Grunert - Vic/Mr Watkins
Sidney Livingstone - Ken/Mr Minchin
Jill Martin - Lynn/Christine
Carl Sanderson - Brian/Mr Furlong
Myra Sands - Barbara/Miss Willoughby
David Shaw Parker - Tom/Mr Stillman/Derek
Nicola Sloane - Pip/Miss Cuff
John Stacey - Alan/Postman

Swings

Shaun Henson; Hilary O'Neil

A musical version of the very successful tv series based in the busy antiques shop in Manchesterford. Wrinkly tights, coconut macaroons, eye shadow and Mrs Overalls home-made sherry are all visibly waiting in the wings

Story

Since the TV Soap Acorn Antiques has long been unceremoniously axed, unable to compete with the likes of Celebrity Breast Implants From Hell, the principals have been reunited to turn the soap into a musical at the Enoch Powell Arts Centre in Sutton Coldfield. The cast of the axed TV soap, down on their luck and looking for work, have found themselves performing in an experimental opera taking a bleak look at modern Britain. But Mrs Overall won’t let the opera drag her down and starts trying to slip a few more tuneful ditties into the proceedings. As events unravel fate gives her the chance to fulfil her dream of taking a musical based on Acorn Antiques to the West End, with lots of lovely singing and dancing, and a very prominent part for her.

REVIEW SCORECARD

rave

1

favourable

2

mixed

7

unfavourable

3

pan

2

It is worth noting that, despite reviews, the show was a sell-out for its entire run!

Acorn Antiques - The Musical DVD Region 2