Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch returns to London ahead of UK tour

Critically acclaimed musical parody Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch will return for a new London run and UK tour.

The show, with a book & lyrics by Robyn Grant & Daniel Foxx and music by Tim Gilvin, will splash back into London at Southwark Playhouse Elephant from 8 December 2023 – 17 February 2024.

The production will then tour the UK, starting on 22 February at The Lowry, Salford.

When Disney released The Little Mermaid in 1989, they had no idea they were giving birth to an icon. Ursula the Sea Witch quickly took her place as the queen of Disney villains: a pop culture legend and a feminist badass. She’s loud. She’s clever. She’s a ruthless businesswoman, and oh boy, is she sexy. Sexy, and unapologetically plus-sized. She’s not defined by slipper-sized feet, or enchanted blonde hair, or snow-white skin. Ursula is plump, purple and proud.

A queer icon with a message for us poor unfortunate souls: love the skin you’re in, value your voice over your body, and don’t be afraid to be a little bit nasty. Cruella told her side, and Maleficent’s had her moment… Now the legendary sea witch is ready to spill in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers – a laugh-a-minute dive through Ursula’s backstory filled with a filthy pop soundtrack, much loved characters as you’ve never seen them before and enough (eco-friendly) glitter to keep you sparkling all the way home. Gather up your merfriends; it’s going to be one hell of a beach party.

Directed by Robyn Grant, the production has set, costume and puppet design by Abby Clarke, choreography by Melody Sinclair,. musical direction by Arlene McNaught, flying and effects by John Maddox for Suspended Illusion and casting by Sarah Leung CDG.

For more information and tickets, visit unfortunatemusical.com.

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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