Suggs and Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson led the sell-out audience at the 10th anniversary charity gala performance of OUR HOUSE in an impromptu singalong of their greatest hits last night. It brought the curtain down at the Savoy Theatre on a night that saw many original cast members both in the production and on stage in the show in a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes Charity. Suggs played Joe's dad – a role he took in the West End in 2003. Check out photos from the event's after party below!
Director Matthew Warchus brought actor Michael Jibson – who revealed he had become a father earlier this week - and Julia Gay, the original Chris and Miria, on stage to join Chris Carswell and Miria Parvin playing the roles last night at an emotional curtain call.
The show was followed with a VIP reception in the Savoy Hotel, where celebrity cast members Tameka Empson from EastEnders (reprising her role of Billie from the original production), Alistair McGowan and Wendi Peters, mingled with guests including Stephen Fry, Tim Minchin, Stevie Webb, Julie Atherton and the show's writer, Tim Firth.
First presented at the Cambridge Theatre in October 2002 and the Olivier Award winner for Best New Musical, Our House is a witty and brilliantly-crafted romantic tale, featuring the madcap songs of Madness. Set in Camden, Our House is a fast moving romantic comedy which tells the story of Joe Casey, his mates, his girlfriend Sarah and the night he commits a petty crime to impress her. It follows the two paths his life would take if he stays to face the music when the police appear on the scene or if makes a run for it.
The show was produced last night by David Adkin and Tony Green.
Photo credit: Claire Bilyard
Tim Minchin and Lauren Ward
Stevie Webb and Julie Atherton
Stephen Fry, Stevie Webb, Julie Atherton, Tom Parsons
Madness saxophonist Lee Thompson and Suggs
Cast member Alistair McGowan and Charlotte Page
Original West End cast member Michael Jibson
Our House writer Tim Firth
Our House designer Rob Howell and Simon Kenny of Souvenir Scenery
Our House cast members Lauren Appleby, Wendi Peters, Carryl Thomas
Our House cast members David Fynn and Chris Carswell
Our House cast members Tameka Empson and Jenny Fitzpatrick
Chris Jibson, Joe in the West End premiere 10 years ago, and Chris Carswell who played Joe last night
Cast members Chris Carswell and Miria Parvin with producer David Adkin