Book and lyrics by ALECKY BLYTHE
Music and lyrics by ADAM CORK
A new production of an inspiring five-star hit that's part musical, part documentary
A new production of an inspiring five-star hit that's part musical, part documentary.
In 2006 the everyday life of the town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women.
The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of number 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with the media frenzy and what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy.
Playwright Alecky Blythe recorded extensive interviews with the residents of London Road and turned them into an intelligent, startling and raw piece of theatre. Tony Award winner Adam Cork's score uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on those recordings to create this extraordinary work.
London Road is an experimental and challenging musical documentary which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can inspire a community. London Road was originally performed at the National Theatre in 2011, winning the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. A feature film of the production was made in 2015 starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy and including many of original cast.
Message from playwright Alecky Blythe:
“I've been off line pretty much since Friday night so not had a chance to say how brilliant I thought the show was. It was a joy to see how you had brought it to life and found new beauty in an old flower. So many congratulations to all of you. I do hope you have a great week and continue to wow audiences with your expertise. Thank you.”
Here's Alecky, plus original National Theatre London cast members Nick Holder and Michael Schaeffer, with the Sedos cast of London Road.
This miraculously innovative show finds a new way of representing reality [and] opens up rich possibilities for musical theatre.
An astonishing document about a beleaguered yet resilient community... a startling, magically original success.
The most genuinely interesting and innovative new musical I've seen for ages.
JULIE | Christa Engelbrecht
TERRY | Mark Macey
JUNE | Lydia King
RON | Stephen Beeny
ROSEMARY | Charlotte Price
TIM | Tom Brennan
JAN | Abigail Franci
GORDON | Mark Londesborough
HELEN | Kate Gledhill
DODGE | Andrew Macpherson
CAROL | Deborah Lean
ALFIE | Matt Wright
CHRIS EAKIN | Peter Shimmin
SARAH | Chloe Higham-Smith
VICKY | Hannah Parkes
HAYLEY | Heather Broderick
DIRECTOR | Matt Gould
MOVEMENT and ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | Gayle Bryans
MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Jordan Clarke
PRODUCER | Steven King
ASSISTANT PRODUCER | Hannah Hurley
COSTUMES | Wayne Burke
SOUND DESIGNER | Adrian Jeakins
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Oliver Levett
STAGE MANAGER | Andrew Laidlaw
I've been off line pretty much since Friday night so not had a chance to say how brilliant I thought the show was. It was a joy to see how you had brought it to life and found new beauty in an old flower. So many congratulations to all of you. I do hope you have a great week and continue to wow audiences with your expertise. Thank you
**** A real triumph for Sedos.
An outstanding performance of an extraordinary musical.
I’m fast running out of superlatives when discussing the ongoing virtuosity of Sedos.... A sublime piece of theatre.
A very stylish and smart production of an intriguing gem of a musical... [Sedos] creates something that is touching, funny, uncomfortable and thought-provoking.
- Wednesday 27 July 2016 2.30pm
- Wednesday 27 July 2016 7.30pm
- Thursday 28 July 2016 7.30pm
- Friday 29 July 2016 7.30pm
- Saturday 30 July 2016 7.30pm
- Tuesday 2 August 2016 2.30pm
- Tuesday 2 August 2016 7.30pm
- Wednesday 3 August 2016 7.30pm
- Thursday 4 August 2016 7.30pm
- Friday 5 August 2016 7.30pm
- Saturday 6 August 2016 7.30pm