Bare Will Have Return Season at London's Greenwich Theatre
By Mark Shenton
Bare, which received its European premiere at London's Union Theatre in April in a production directed by Paul Taylor-Mills, is to be reprised at London's Greenwich Theatre, beginning performances Oct. 9 prior to an official opening Oct. 11, for a run through Oct. 27.
First staged at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles in 2000, before opening Off-Broadway at the American Theatre of Actors in 2004, bare has since received over 100 productions in cities all over the world including Toronto, Sydney, and returning to New York at New World Stages in 2012.
The version of the show seen at the Union and now returning to Greenwich Theatre is not the same incarnation that was seen at New World Stages. According to press materials, this contemporary rock musical offers "the electrifying story of a group of students navigating their way through a journey of teenage self-discovery, wrestling with identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today's generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, bare examines the consequences of baring a soul, or hiding it from those who matter most."
Taylor-Mills has previously directed Little Shop of Horrors at the White Bear Theatre, A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (both at the Lost Theatre), the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding (at the Above the Stag Theatre in London and subsequently on the Edinburgh Fringe and at Greenwich Theatre), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Pier (both at the Union), and Rent at Greenwich Theatre.
Bare has music by Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by John Hartmere and a book by Intrabartolo and Hartmere. The production will feature choreography by Racky Plews and design by David Shields; casting is by Will Burton. Bare is produced by Kylie Vilcins for Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd.
New casting is still to be announced.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8858 7755 or visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk for more details.
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