New Musical The Smallest Show on Earth, Featuring Irving Berlin Score, Will Debut in September

News   New Musical The Smallest Show on Earth, Featuring Irving Berlin Score, Will Debut in September
The Smallest Show on Earth, a new musical based on the 1957 film of the same name that is known as "Big Time Operators" in the U.S. (starring Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna), has been created using established songs by Irving Berlin, and will begin performances at Colchester's Mercury Theatre Sept. 25 for performances through Oct. 10, prior to a tour to Coventry, High Wycombe, Glasgow, Plymouth, Crewe, Swansea and Malvern.

Featuring a book by Thom Southerland (who also directs) and Paul Alexander, the score includes "Blue Skies," "Shakin' the Blues Away," "Let Yourself Go," "Steppin' Out with my Baby" and "How Deep is the Ocean."

In a press statement, Southerland commented, "Berlin's music provides the perfect accompaniment to our 1950s story, not only in lyric, but in style and period too."

The cast features Liza Goddard as Mrs. Fazackalee and Brian Capron (best known for his TV work in "Coronation Street") as Mr. Quill. Also in the cast are Haydn Oakley as Matthew Spenser, Laura Pitt-Pulford as Jean Spenser, Ricky Butt as Ethel Hardcastle, Philip Rham as Albert Hardcastle, Christina Bennington as Marlene Hardcastle, Sam O’Rourke as Tom Fazackalee and Matthew Crowe as Robin Carter, with Leo Andrew, Jacob Chapman, Matthew Dale, Nova Skipp and Leah West.

The show will be designed by David Woodhead, with choreography by Lee Proud, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Andrew Johnson, musical supervision by Gareth Valentine, orchestrations by Mark Cumberland, musical direction by Mark Aspinall and casting by Will Burton CDG.

The tour is produced by Brian Eastman, Christabel Albery and Mercury Theatre, Colchester, by special arrangement with StudioCanal. To book tickets, and for full dates, visit

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