Something Rotten! UK premiere at Birmingham Rep postponed

The UK premiere of Something Rotten! at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre has been postponed.

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

It was then delayed to October 2021 before being postponed further until further notice.

Sean Foley, Artistic Director said: “We are disappointed that a number of our Autumn season productions are unable to go ahead as planned – in particular I was excited to be directing my first show at The REP.

“However, we are working hard to ensure we can still bring these brilliant shows to our stages and to Birmingham audiences in the not too distant future.”

Rachael Thomas, Executive Director added: “These are difficult and unprecedented times. Like many theatres, The REP is a registered charity and exists for the benefit of the public. It has been in Birmingham for over 100 years and is part of the fabric of this great city.

“The shows and the income they generate are the lifeblood of the theatre and enjoyed by thousands of people across the city every year. We are absolutely determined to return to making theatre as soon as it’s viable for us to do so and safe for our audiences to return to auditoria.”

Ticket holders will be contacted in due course with further information regarding their bookings.

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).

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