Something Rotten! to make UK premiere at Birmingham Rep this autumn

Something Rotten! is to hold its UK premiere at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre this autumn.

The hit Broadway musical will open at the Birmingham Rep in October as part of its newly announced 2020/21 season.

An original musical comedy, Something Rotten! is set in the Renaissance period and tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom as they attempt to write the world’s first musical in attempt to compete with famous playwright of the time, William Shakespeare.

With a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and music by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, the original Broadway production was nominated for 10 Tonys.

The premiere UK production will be directed by Birmingham Rep’s new artistic director Sean Foley with choreography from Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (Six).

Casting will be confirmed in due course.

Something Rotten! will run at Birmingham Rep from October 8 through to October 31.

For more information and tickets, visit the Birmingham Rep website here.

Also announced today for the new season is the UK premiere of Breakfast on Pluto, a new adaptation of Patrick McCabe’s uplifting coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Troubles. Breakfast on Pluto will star Fra Fee in the role of Patrick/Pussy Braden and has been adapted by Bob Kelly and will feature music by Duke Special.

Further productions announced are Calmer, a new play by Lolita Chakrabarti, Bright Places by Rachael Mainwaring and a new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book entitled Gatsby, directed by Maria Aberg.

Malorie Blackman’s gripping Noughts & Crosses visits as part of its UK tour while comedian, Carl Hutchinson, stops by and Lewis Doherty brings his acclaimed Beast Trilogy, a trio of plays over three nights – WOLF, BOAR and HAWK.

Demi Nandhra’s Life Is No Laughing Matter, Will Jackson’s Yours Sincerely and Jasmine Lee-Jones’s seven methods of killing kylie jenner will also form part of the new season.

Plus, seasonal favourites NATIVITY! The Musical and The Snowman play back to back seasons over the Christmas period

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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