News: casting for MTFestUK 2020

It’s like the Superbowl, but for fans of musical theatre. Book your tickets at the Turbine Theatre here.

Jet Set Go! (3rd-5th February)

This show about a transatlantic cabin crew has been bopping around since 2008 so its interesting to see how it gets refreshed more than a decade late. Appearing in it this time round will be Siubhan Harrison, Lizzy Connolly, Michael Mather, Tyrone Huntley and Simon Bailey.

Jet Set Go! is directed by & Juliet’s Luke Sheppard with music, book and lyrics by Adrian Mole’s Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger.

Soapdish (6th-8th February)

Stiles and Drewe always seem to have multiple plates spinning at the same time, one of the newest of which is this 1991 film adaptation. Direction is by Rachel Kavanaugh with music by Stiles and Drewe and book by Robert Harling.

Appearing in the show will be Ben Richards, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Louise Dearman, Clive Rowe and Bobbie Little.

The Assassination of Katie Hopkins (6th-8th February)

I was verily robbed of the chance to see this at Theatr Clwyd so I’m glad it is making a comeback of sorts. With direction by James Grieve and apparently so re-writing from Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth.

Appearing in the show are several of the original cast members and a few new fresh faces –  Maimuna Memon, Bethzienna Williams, Kirby Hughes, Rakesh Boury, Derek Hutchinson and Matthew Woodyatt.

Coldfront (10th-12th February)

Who doesn’t love a cello-based score?! Coldfront aims to be a tender romance that follows an unlikely pair who meet every month on the same park bench. The show has lyrics by Poppy Burton Morgan and music by Jason Carr, with direction from Burton Morgan.

It will star the glorious Anna Francolini and Robbie Curran.

Eurobeat: Pride of Europe (10th-12th February)

It feels like at least one show of this name already exists? Also written by Craig Christie? Does the sub-title mean it is a new show or a rewrite? There’s only one way to find out! Direction is by Max Bex Roberts and it is written by Craig Christie.

Vinegar Strokes (Daniel Jacob) will act as host for the evening, alongside a cast composed of Matt Croke, Scott Paige, Bronté Barbé and Amy Ross.

Tyrell (13th-15th February)

If you had to pick Game of Thrones characters to write a musical about, who would you go for? Between Loras, Margaery and Olenna, the Tyrells could well be a winner – Tyrell is written by Alex Ratner and directed by Simon Greiff.

Kim Criswell will take on the role of the family matriarch with Luke Bayer and Emma Kingston as her grandchildren.

Works of Art (13th-15th February)

All the shows look tempting but I think this one speaks to my heart the most, I do love me a tear-stained folk musical. Music and lyrics are by Robin Simões Da Silva and the book by Annabel Mutale Reed about two brothers dealing with grief.

Robin Simões da Silva and Jabez Sykes will play grieving brothers in the show, with Siubhan Harrison playing Cassie and Natalie Dunne playing Iris – Annabelle Hollingdale directs them all.

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