Forbes Masson’s Christmas comedy returns to Coventry
The Belgrade Theatre presents
Script, music and lyrics by Forbes Masson
Directed by Gordon Dougall
Sat 8 to Sat 22 Dec in B2
Press Night: Tues 11 Dec, 8pm (running time approx 1 hour)
Following its hugely successful inaugural run as last year’s B2 Xmas Show, Forbes Masson’s musical comedy Crackers returns to Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre from Mon 12 to Fri 23 Dec to offer an evening of festive entertainment especially for grown-ups.
Crackers follows the story of the hapless young Leonard, who is trapped behind the checkout at cut-price Christmas shop Myrrh’s Bizarre Bazaar. He longs to escape, find true love and live his dreams, but his boss, the evil entrepreneur Archibald Myrrh, has other abominable plans.
The script, music and lyrics have all been written by Scottish playwright Forbes Masson, who is renowned for his inane writing style and innovative, cartoon-like characters, which have been brought to life in productions including Stiff!, Mince? and Pants! and pantomimes including Jack and the Beanstalk and Aladdie. Alongside Alan Cumming, Forbes also wrote, directed and starred in Scottish sitcom The High Life.
Forbes Masson said, “Crackers is a Christmas comedy musical sing-along psychopanto for grown ups, with lots of stick in your head melodies, naughty, witty lyrics and a storyline that’s completely crazy. It’s packed with original, fantastic and funny songs and a hilariously irreverent script with extraordinary characters.”
The original 2011 production of Crackers was directed by Michael Fentiman and this year’s revival will be directed by Gordon Dougall, who has a string of musical production credits under his belt. Amongst these are the TMA award nominated Katie Morag, which he co-wrote and directed for Mull Theatre and for the last six years he has co-wrote and directed the Tron Theatre, Glasgow’s annual pantomimes.
The role of Leonard will be played by Daniel Curtis, whose recent theatre credits include Design for Living at Salisbury Playhouse and Marjory/Barbara Cadabra will be played by Mark Prendergast, who recently appeared in The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Marriage of Figar_o at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum. Myriam Myrrh will be played by Claire Dargo who was nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Stage Acting Excellence Awards for Nutshell Theatre’s _Thread and she also appeared in The Duchess of Malfi at Royal and Derngate Theatre.
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