Cake: The Marie Antoinette Playlist comes to the West End – dates, cast and tickets

Cake: The Marie Antoinette Playlist is to transfer to the West End!

The brand-new musical, come gig, come ballet is inspired by Marie Antoinette and was first seen as part of MTFestUK in 2021 and toured earlier this year.

The show – which has a book by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Tasha Taylor Johnson with music and lyrics by Jack McManus and Tasha Taylor-Johnson – will run at the West End’s Lyric Theatre for one week only from 18 to 22 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here.

Reprising their roles from the recent tour earlier this year will be Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) as Marie Antoinette and Renée Lamb (SIX) as Jeanne.

Joining them will be Kandaka Moore (Sylvia) as Nicole and Roger Dipper (A Christmas Carol) as Cardinal.

Completing the cast in the ensemble are Ope Sowande (Moulin Rouge!), Elizabeth Fullalove (Starlight Express), dance captain Travis Kerry (Hamilton) and Jane Albertsen (Hamilton).

All tickets for the first night of the run (20 September) will be priced at £17.55, which was the year Marie Antoinette was born.

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Combining a multi-genre pop score with 18th century France, Cake: The Marie Antoinette Playlist, retells a story that sparked a revolution.

Marie Antoinette’s reign was blighted by gossip and scandal. But when she is implicated in a crime to defraud the crown jewellers of a diamond necklace, it is not just her reputation at stake, but the monarchy and France itself.

The production has direction and choreography by Drew McOnie with set and costume design by Sami Fendall, lighting design by Joshie Harriette, sound design by Andy Sharman and casting by Will Burton.

Cake was originally commissioned by Paul Taylor-Mills (Heathers; In the Heights) who said today: “Audiences are the key ingredient to the success of any new musical – without their input, and ultimately their approval, it’s impossible. Earlier this year we staged an incredible regional tour of Cake that taught us a huge amount about the show, the story we’re trying to tell, how we tell it, and indeed who it might be for.

“The creative team and I were completely energised by this process, and we’ve spent the last couple of months finessing Cake and want to take it back to our followers to show them what we’ve been up to and decide how we best take it forward. To that end, we’ve priced all our tickets for the first show at just £17.55 ensuring it’s as accessible and inclusive as possible. Come share our journey! Thank you to Nica & Laurence at Nimax who have helped make this final step before we find our forever home a reality.”

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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