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Sean Holmes’ Bugsy Malone returns to Lyric Hammersmith Summer 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith’s critically acclaimed production of Bugsy Malone will return to the venue in June 2016 for a limited 12-week run.

Following its premiere there earlier this year, Alan Parker’s musical is set to run at the Lyric Hammersmith in London from Saturday 11th June to Sunday 4th September 2016, with an official opening night on Friday 24th June 2016.

Set in Prohibition era New York, Bugsy Malone sees a child and young adult cast tell the story of a penniless ex-boxer who falls for an aspiring singer in the midst of a gang war between rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.

The stage musical was adapted from the 1976 film of the same name, which starred a young Jodie Foster as Tallulah. Written by Alan Parker, who also directed the original film, the musical features words and music by Paul Williams and includes such classic numbers as ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’, ‘My Name is Tallulah’ and ‘Give a Little Love’.

The first professional production to be staged in London in more than ten years, Sean Holmes’ new production re-opened the Lyric Hammersmith in April 2015 following redevelopment work at the venue and received 5* reviews during its sell-out run.

Speaking about the musical’s return to London next year, Sir Alan Parker said: “I’m delighted that the Lyric are bringing back Bugsy Malone. The 2015 production was beautifully mounted by Sean Holmes and his team and a revelation to me – by far and away the best stage production of it I’ve ever seen.

Sean Holmes is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith and most recently directed Bugsy Malone. He also directed four shows as part of the theatre’s two-year programme of Secret Theatre. In 2010 he revived Sarah Kane’s Blasted at the Lyric and the production was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. His theatre credits whilst at the Lyric include: A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saved, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians. Sean was Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has worked for the National Theatre and RSC, as well as the Royal Court, Donmar, Tricycle, Chichester Festival Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 2016 Sean will be directing Simon Stephens’ Herons and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric and Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Sir Alan Parker was awarded a CBE in 1995 and received a knighthood in 2002. In 2013 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contribution to the British film industry. His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Academy Awards. His credits include Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Commitments (1991), Evita (1996), Angela’s Ashes (1999) and The Life of David Gale (2003).

Paul Williams is a songwriter, performer, actor and author. As a lyricist and composer he has received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations and won an Oscar, three Grammys, and two Golden Globes. He is widely known as an actor in dozens of films and on television but he is best known for his lyrics and music. He wrote the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s Happy Days, The Muppet Movie’s The Rainbow Connection and Evergreen from A Star is Born. Additional song scores include Phantom of the Paradise, Ishtar, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Bugsy Malone and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas. Paul created the story and wrote the songs for Disney’s Emmy-nominated A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa. His songs have been recorded by artists including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, The Dixie Chicks, Gonzo and Kermit the Frog. His recent work includes co-writing Beyond and Touch (which he also performed, receiving a Grammy as Featured Artist) on Daft Punk’s chart-topping, Album of the Year Random Access Memories; and working with Gustavo Santaolalla on songs for The Book of Life before moving on to Guillermo del Toro’s stage musical adaptation of Pan’s Labyrinth.

The Lyric Hammersmith production of Bugsy Malone is presented in London by arrangement with Warner/Chappell Music Limited. It has choreography by Drew McOnie, design by Jon Bausor, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound design by Ben Harrison, and musical direction, orchestrations, vocal and dance arrangements by Phil Bateman.

Casting is yet to be announced.


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