Rehearsal images have been released for Oliver Kaderbhai’s production of Striking 12, playing at the Union Theatre from the 28th November. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening… 

Bronte Barbe (The Little Match Girl) and Declan Bennett (Brendan) (c)Hope Baxter
(c) Hope Baxter. 

Inspired by The Little Matchgirl by Hans Christian Andersen, Oliver Kaderbhai’s production of Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda and  Rachel Sheinkin’s musical is set to star Declan Bennett (Brendan), Bronté Barbé (The Match Girl), Danielle Kassaraté (Narrator),Kate Robson-Stuart and Leon Scott.

Danielle Kassarate (Narrator) and Bronté Barbé (The Little Match Girl) (c)Hope Baxter
(c)Hope Baxter. 

It’s New Years’ Eve and Brendan is done. His fiancée has left him, he’s going to lose his job and his boss is making him work late. The last thing he wants to do is celebrate. A chance encounter with a lightbulb seller changes everything.

This Off-Broadway musical features book music and lyrics by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda and book and lyrics by Rachel Sheinkin. The score combines pop, rock, jazz among the music genres it draws upon.

Declan Bennett (Brendan),Bronte Barbe (The Little Match Girl) and Leon Scott (Ensemble) (c)Hope Baxter
(c)Hope Baxter. 

Talking about the production director Oliver Kaderbhai said “Striking 12 feels like the perfect Christmas show. It’s brilliantly witty and beautifully poignant with songs that evoke those classic American Christmas movies. We’ve got an incredible cast who’ll be providing the music too, and I’m extremely excited to see what we build in rehearsals together. Let’s see if we can capture just some of the essence of this magical season to present to our audiences each night, and make those dark winter nights a little brighter.”

The production will feature designs by Natalie Johnson, lighting design by Alex Lewer, musical direction by Ashley Harvey and is produced by Ben Lockwood, Rupert Henderson and Oliver Kaderbhai.

Declan Bennett (Brendan) and Danielle Kassarate (Narrator) (2) (c)Hope Baxter.jpeg
(c)Hope Baxter. 

Striking 12 will play at the Union Theatre from the 28th November until the 23rd December. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://uniontheatre.biz/striking-12.html

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