We are delighted to announce two hugely contrasting shows for 2013. In May we stage THE FULL MONTY at the Royal Court, Liverpool, followed by THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE, the romantic Cinderella musical, at the Empire in November. Having been pleased to respond to the wishes of our core audience by bringing them two of their favourites in 2012, we are excited to be stepping up to different challenges in presenting them with both of these new-to-us shows next year.
Based on the 1997 British comedy film, THE FULL MONTY stage musical is the Americanized tale of how a small group of ordinary men and their families cope with redundancy due to closure of a steelworks in Buffalo, New York. They come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties (over everything from being overweight to child custody, bigotry to being gay), they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them. There is great heart to THE FULL MONTY; humour runs through it, though it is dark in places. The themes expressed in the show, about taking charge of one’s life and following one’s dreams are great lessons for us all.
THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE originated as a 1976 lavish film musical, starring Richard Chamberlain as the dashing prince and Gemma Craven as Cinderella herself. Written and scored by the Sherman brothers, who delighted us with their words and music in MARY POPPINS and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG of the same era, THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE was selected as the Royal Command Performance motion picture for that year.
While retelling the enchanting fairytale of Cinderella, THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE is a real story about two people in love. It appeals to every generation of the family, with its much-loved storyline, favourite characters, charming music, sumptuous costumes, humour and romance, not forgetting that sprinkling of magic…