This new production, staged for the show’s 25th anniversary will open at the new Union Theatre this Autumn.
The anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies are in trouble! Money for the school has run out and it’s threatened with closure. Determined to save their school from bankruptcy, the resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress come up with a plan to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find, the girls mount an original production as a fundraiser – a musical version of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, featuring their own headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.
The production, which will run at the Union Theatre from the 12th October until the 12th November, is directed and choreographed by double Olivier award nominee Andrew Wright. It features a book by Robert Longden, who also wrote the music and lyrics alongside Hereward Kaye.
Casting has yet to be announced. The creative team also includes set designs by Anna Kelsey, costume designs by Ryan Walkett, lighting design by Tim Deiling and sound by James Nicholson.
Talking about the production Andrew Wright said: “I am very excited to bring Moby Dick back to London after 25 years. I first saw the original production at the Oxford Fire Station in 1991 and fell in love with its anarchic charm and sheer exuberance. The New Union Theatre is the perfect venue to unleash the girls of St Godley’s version of this classic tale. 25 years on, the piece feels more relevant than ever and after waiting all that time it will hopefully be the dick you’ve been waiting for!”
Moby Dick! The Musical will run at the Union Theatre from the 12th October until the 12th November. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.uniontheatre.biz/moby_dick.html.