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Andy Capp The Musical first professional revival in 30 years

Andy Capp The MusicalANDY CAPP THE MUSICAL: The first professional UK production for more than 30 years. Directed by Jake Smith. Designed by Bex Kemp. Musical Direction by Charlie Ingles. Choreographed by Chris Cuming. Book by Trevor Peacock. Music by Alan Price. Lyrics by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock.

Presented by Joe Brown and Matt Whayman by arrangement with Samuel French Limited and Based on the comic strip by Reg Smythe in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the first professional UK production in more than 30 years of Andy Capp The Musical by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock runs at the Finborough Theatre, playing Sunday and Monday evenings and Tuesday matinees from Sunday, 7th February 2016 at 7.30pm.

As Reg Smythe’s long-running Daily Mirror comic strip prepares to celebrate its 60th year, join loveable rogue Andy Capp and the colourful characters from his North East town in this hilarious and poignant British musical.

Work-shy Andy squanders his rent money on beer and stumbles home late again. His long suffering missus Flo vows to leave him, but Andy promises his racing pigeons will one day make them a fortune.

A few doors down, innocent young lovers Elvis and Raquel plan their wedding, but will their lives turn out just like Andy and Flo? Not if Raquel’s mother, Mrs Scrimmett, has anything to do with it…

With Alan Price’s bouncy rhythms and Trevor Peacock’s razor sharp lyrics, this rediscovered British musical is a warm-hearted look at relationships and the simple pleasures in overcoming life’s obstacles – guaranteed to stamp a smile on your face.

Andy Capp The Musical premiered in 1982 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and then transferred to the
West End, where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Musical of the Year. Tom Courtenay starred as Andy and
Alan Price, the show’s composer and former keyboardist for the popular band The Animals, played the role of Geordie.

Author of the book and Co-Lyricist Trevor Peacock is best known for his acting work on screen, most notably as Jim
Trott in the BBC’s long-running sitcom, The Vicar of Dibley. He started his writing career penning songs for popstars Adam Faith, Billy Fury and Joe Brown. His biggest hit was the 1960s classic Mrs Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, recorded by Herman’s Hermits. Trevor Peacock went on to write the lyrics for shows including Passion Flower Hotel (1965), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1966) and Erb (1970). He wrote a series of musicals for the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester – Leaping Ginger (1977), Cinderella (1979), Class K (1985) and Jack and the Giant (1986).

Composer and Co-Lyricist Alan Price is best known as keyboardist for the 1960’s rhythm and blues band, The Animals. The group found international acclaim with hit songs House of the Rising Sun, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood and Bring It On Home To Me. He went on to front his own band The Alan Price Set, recording hit singles I Put a Spell on You and Hi Lili Hi Lo. Alan later reached the top ten UK album chart with his highly acclaimed album Between Today and Yesterday, featuring ‘Jarrow Song’. For Cinema, Alan wrote the music for films O Lucky Man (1973) winning a BAFTA award for Best Film Music and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score, Britannia Hospital (1982) and The Whales of August starring Bette Davis (1987). He continues to tour with his band, playing regularly at The Bull’s Head in Barnes, London.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 February 2016
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £18, £16 concessions.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with an interval.

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