The new filmed musical will be released in episodes and will be streamed via Royal & Derngate NorthamptonQueen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

Metta Theatre have announced that they have produced a brand new musical, written and directed by P Burton-Morgan and with music by Ben Glasstone.

Developed and recorded entirely during lockdown, Cells will be streamed through three regional theatres Royal & Derngate Northampton, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and the Stephen Joseph Theatre – with each venue hosting episodes on their websites. The first episode is set to be released on the 19th April with subsequent episodes released daily, and the full film will be available on Monday 26 April, along with the album to be released on Spotify and other digital platforms.

A university science lab. A kebab shop at 2am. An online gaming forum. Two strangers’ lives become intertwined. Alan Bennett meets The Streets in this tender and uplifting new work, giving voice to the lives of two everyday blokes.

The film is set to star Metta Theatre’s newly announced patron Clive Rowe and  rising star Lem Knights. Clive Rowe’s theatre credits include appearances in Guys and DollsThe Light PrincessThe Ladykillers and Kiss Me, Kate. Meanwhile, Lem Knights is known for his performances in School of RockBillionaire Boy and Pricilla Ragtime.

Talking about the news of the musical, P Burton-Morgan, who in 2020 won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for musical theatre book writing for In the Willows said, “I’ve been talking to Clive about writing something specifically for him ever since we met four years ago, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. It’s been a wild adventure creating a music video musical for this brave new world of ‘digital theatre’ in which we find ourselves. Hopefully we’ve succeeded in taking the best of both theatre and film to create something intimate and unique.”

The filmed production is written and directed by P Burton-Morgan (Madam Butterfly UK tour, In the Willows, UK tour, Jungle Book UK & International Tour), with music by Ben Glasstone, mixed and mastered by Simon Small and the Musical Director is Phil Cornwell. The Director of Photography is Jon Dickinson, the films are edited by Will Reynolds. Phil Cornwell plays keys and double bass and Curtis Volp is on guitar.

The first episode of Cells will be available to watch on the 19th April. To find out more visit: https://www.mettatheatre.co.uk/cells