Becoming Nancy musical to have UK premiere at Birmingham Rep

Becoming Nancy

New musical Becoming Nancy is to make its UK premiere at Birmingham Rep this autumn.

Directed and choreographed by Broadway legend Jerry Mitchell, the production will run from 2 October – 2 November.

With book, music and lyrics by Elliot Davis, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Becoming Nancy is a coming of age story that has a huge-heart.

A fresh musical portraying a tale of familial ties, initial romantic encounters, and the bravery required to carve out your own space.

Taking place in London in 1979, and inspired by Terry Ronald’s beloved novel about maturing, Becoming Nancy tells the tale of young David Starr. He unexpectedly lands the role of the female protagonist in his school’s theatrical production.

Director Jerry Mitchell said: “Becoming Nancy is about finding love. Love of self, love of others and love of what matters most in life. As soon as I saw The Rep and visited Birmingham, I knew that it was the right place to open the show. It’s been a privilege to turn Terry’s beautiful story into a musical, and we are all looking forward to working on the show and sharing this beautiful musical with Birmingham and the rest of Great Britain and the world.”

Sean Foley, Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep added: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Becoming Nancy, and to be welcoming the extraordinary Jerry Mitchell and his world class creative team to The Rep. When I first saw and heard this touching, funny and relevant show at workshop stage, I knew we had to help make it happen and produce it. Stiles and Drewe, with Elliot Davis, and original writer Terry Ronald, have created an exciting, frequently hilarious, and heart-tugging show about first love and being as yourself as you can ever hope to see. I’m sure that Birmingham itself is about to fall in love with this brilliant new musical.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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