NEWS: UK Premiere of New Musical Trump L’Oeil Announced

The musical will play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 7th September.

Following a successful off-Broadway run, it has been announced that Trump L’Oeil will make its UK premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in September. This new musical by Henry Parkman Biggs is an exploration of Trump’s presidency brings a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Trump years and blends cabaret, queer theatre and circus.

It’s 2016 in the USA, and things are all getting a little surreal…

As Trump ascends to power, the world flips on its head – which is great for some, hard for others, and for everyone, just a little surreal. Trump L’Oeil is a surrealist, musical exploration of Trump’s presidency, focusing on the tradition of trompe l’oeil (optical illusion).

While casting for the production has yet to be announced, the creative team behind the production includes: direction by Oli Savage (Echoes of You, Lesnes Abbey Park; As You Like It, Greenhouse Theatre; The Voices We Hear, Greenhouse Theatre), choreography by Blair Anderson (Footloose, UK Tour; Snow White, Radlett Centre; Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, Wyvern Theatre), and musical supervision by Mark Crossland (We WillRock You, World Tour; 9-5 The Musical, West End & International; Footloose, UK Tour).

Talking about the musical, director Oli Savage said: “For people in the English-speaking world – especially outside of the USA – the Trump administration was one of the most horrifically surreal periods in modern political history. And the scars from that period are far from healed. But nothing heals like laughter. With this show, we’re taking a blend of satire, drag, circus, cabaret, with a healthy dollop of surrealist art to show just how crazy that period was. But more than that, we’re trying to have fun, and by taking the piss out of a very, very dark time, create a sense of joy,
amusement, and hope.”

Meanwhile, Writer Henry Parkman Biggs adds: “After six years of developing Trump L’Oeil, I am thrilled to see this spectacular vision for the show in its London debut. The exemplary energy of the director, Oli Savage, tirelessly tinkering to improve, Mark Crossland’s crafting a coherent musical whole, and Blair Anderson’s thoughtful and creative choreography, have all added immeasurably. They are all absolute stars in their own right, and I could not be more grateful for their talents. I have also been grateful for their engagement in exploring the idea of “trompe l’oeil” as well as
surrealism and how that might manifest in their respective spaces. The show is so much the richer for it.”

Trump L’Oeil will play at Upstairs at the Gatehouse from the 7th September until the 2nd October.

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