Jermyn Street Theatre announces the cast for the UK premiere of the vintage off Broadway musical Boy Meets Boy. The line up comprises Stephen Ashfield, Craig Fletcher, Johnjo Flynn, Ben Kavanagh, Anna Nicholas and Benjamin Bailey, Carly Mackelvie, Gregory Sims, Biancha Szynal, Helen Turner, Jay Webb and ARon Wild.
The time: December 11th, 1936. The place: the elegant Savoy Hotel in London. Outside, the abdication crisis is reaching its climax, the United States reels from the Great Depression and Continental Europe is shadowed by the menace of Hitler and the National Socialist party as storm clouds gather for the maelstrom to come. Inside, society London exists in the twilight of empire - a hedonistic bubble where party-goers dance away the last years of peace. Boy Meets Boy is set against this backdrop of pre-war London sophistication, a world of cocktails and carriages, black-tie and ball-dresses where Nightingales Sing in Berkeley Square and unconventional romance blooms.
Boy meets Boy, Boy loses Boy, Boy wins Boy.
Bill Solly (music, lyrics and book) and Donald Ward (book) have lovingly recreated the era of the black and white movie musical replete with witty lyrics, memorable melodies and a cunning twist on the standard musical love story.
Boy meets Boy opened in 1975 off-Broadway at the Actors’ Playhouse and ran for 463 performances. This is its UK premiere.
In 2012 Jermyn Street Theatre has built on its already burgeoning reputation as one of the most exciting venues of its size in the UK. At the beginning of the year the venue won Best Fringe Theatre of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards and since then, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, the theatre has gone from strength to strength. Productions have included the rare revival of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam, the UK premiere of Henrik Ibsen’s St John’s Night and one of the highlights of the 2012 theatrical diary - the first ever full staging of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, directed by Trevor Nunn. With a commitment to presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals, the theatre has also won acclaim with its previous productions of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs, The River Line by Charles Morgan, The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams and The Art of Concealment about the celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan. In 2011 Jermyn Street Theatre was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award.
Press night is set for 27th November 7.30pm. Jermyn Street Theatre is located at 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST. Piccadilly Circus tube. The show runs 21st November to 20th December, Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm, with matinees Thursday/Saturday/Sunday 3.00pm (no matinee 22nd November).
Tickets are £20.00 (£16.50 concessions). Earlybird Offer - All tickets £15.00 if booked before 5th November. Box office 0207 287 2875 and online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk.