Aloff Theatre presents DAVID HUNTER, REBECCA TREHEARN and STEPHEN RAHMAN-HUGHES in a workshop presentation of MIDNIGHT. A new musical by TIMOTHY KNAPMAN and LAURENCE MARK WYTHE based on the play ‘Citizens of Hell’ by ELCHIN – Directed by MATTHEW GOULD
David Hunter, Rebecca Trehearn and Stephen Rahman Hughes take the lead roles in the world premiere of MIDNIGHT. This haunting new musical thriller by Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe matches dark wit with an innovative score.
New Year’s Eve, 1937. Welcome to Baku, Azerbaijan, part of the police state of the Soviet Union where, as the clock ticks towards midnight, a husband and wife nervously raise their glasses to an uncertain future. The past year has been the worst of the Great Terror, in which the paranoid dictator Joseph Stalin unleashed wave upon wave of arrests and executions of ordinary citizens. And then comes the dreaded knock on the door… Is it the Communist state’s ruthless secret police? Or a far more mysterious and terrifying visitor? Dark secrets emerge, time is suspended and the couple are tested to breaking point and beyond.
Directed by Matthew Gould with musical direction by James Cleeve, this three-hander plus actor-musician ensemble is based on an original play, Citizens of Hell by Azerbaijan’s Elchin, with book and lyrics by Timothy Knapman and music and lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe.
The full cast includes Nick Hayes, Thomas Sutcliffe, Greg Castiglioni, Kiara Jays, Jenny O’Leary.
Please note that the actors will be reading from scripts for this presentation.
Book and Lyrics by Timothy Knapman
Music and Lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
Based on the play “Citizens of Hell” by Elchin
Director – Matthew Gould
Musical Director – James Cleeve
Casting Director – Benjamin Newsome
Producer – Sanan Aliyev
Company – Aloff Theatre
Stephen Rahman Hughes
Ensemble: Nick Hayes, Thomas Sutcliffe, Greg Castiglioni, Kiara Jays, Jenny O’Leary
St. James Studio, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA
Friday, 9 October 2015, 2PM
Wednesday 16th September 2015