Award-Winning Musical Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi to Receive London Premiere

News   Award-Winning Musical Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi to Receive London Premiere
Phil Wilmott's Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi, which won the 2008 TMA Award for Best Musical following its original run at the Liverpool Playhouse, is to receive its London premiere in a new production at the Union Theatre.

It will begin performances March 3, prior to an official opening March 5, for a run through March 27. According to press materials, it is set in 1930s Liverpool, where the glitz and glamour of Hollywood pour off the luxury liners for their first taste of England. Amidst all the decadence, no-nonsense Alice from reception has fallen for the charming Thompson from accounts — but fate, Hollywood, two wars and a dizzying array of staff and guests intervene in an epic love story spanning 60 years.

In a press statement, Gemma Bodinez, artistic director of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, commented, "Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi is one of our most popular and best loved shows of recent years. It's that very rare thing: an original British musical based on an original story with original music. We're delighted that Phil and his team are reuniting to give the show a London outing following its sell-out extended run and standing ovations at Liverpool Playhouse. Adelphi certainly feels like a musical with a rosy future."

Reuniting many of the original creative team of the Liverpool production, it is directed by author Wilmott, with set design by Charlie Cridlan, musical supervisor Elliot Davis, choreographer Andrew Wright, musical director Michael Bradley and costume designer Geraldine Spencer. It is produced by Holly Reiss and Joe Fredericks for MokitaGrit Productions in association with the Steam Industry.

The cast comprises Marc Antolin, Emily Barlow, Emma Barr, Jamie Birkett, Benjamin Bond, Lucyelle Cliffe, Nicholas Collier, Paddy Crawley, Joanna Goodwin, Jon-Paul Hevey, Ally Holmes, Rebecca Hutchinson, Rudi Last, Lucinda Lawrence, Matt Markwick, Jodie Michaels, Matthew Naegeli, Lindsay Scigliano and Will Stokes.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 471771000, or visit

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