Teddy Hinde and Barry O’Reilly

Is He Musical? to run at Leicester Curve, The Other Palace Theatre and on-demand

Jude Taylor’s Is He Musical? will receive its world premiere in three productions with a wraparound season of events as part of LGBTQ+ History Month.

The show will premiere in a digital production performed live at the University of Wolverhampton on Thursday 17 & Friday 18 February, before transferring to Curve, Leicester for two live, staged performances on Wednesday 23 February as part of DMU Pride. The streamed film will be available on demand from, Saturday 19 February – Sunday 6 March, with special events and bonus content. The show will be presented live as a semi staged concert at The Other Palace on Friday 25 & Saturday 26 February. 

Is He Musical is an intimate, joyous musical comedy inspired by the true stories of the queer friends who loved, lived and partied across 1930s London. The cast is led by  Teddy Hinde (they/them) as Wilfred and Barry O’Reilly (he/him) as Laurence. 

As 1933 draws to a close, Laurence  and Wilfred find themselves absorbed with their fellow queer friends in a whirlwind of  fabulously indulgent evenings across London’s West End. But although their hidden world seems surprisingly free and easy, how long can it last?

An immersive digital collection will curate and collect historical & creative responses to both the musical and the rich history surrounding the show, including an accompanying series of Q+As and workshops tying in with LGBTQ+ History Month.

Joining director Matt Powell (they/he/she) on the creative team are musical director Francesca Fenech (she/her), set and costume designer Ana Webb Sanchez (she/her), movement director Ryan Wiggins (he/him), musical supervisor & arranger George Strickland (he/him), dramaturg Sarah K. Whitfield (she/her), Adastra Fletcher-Hall (they/she) on Violin, Final team members to be added. Contributing to the show’s historical component are Sacha Coward (he/him), Sheldon Goodman (he/him), Esme Sears (she/her), Miss Sundi (they/she) and students from the University of Wolverhampton & De Montfort University. 

The musical is supported by Arts Council England, University of Wolverhampton, Curve and De Montfort University and is produced by Powell and Taylor for MPTheatricals.

👤 📅7 February 2022

📷 Main photo: Teddy Hinde and Barry O’Reilly

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