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Anyone Can Whistle tickets at Southwark Playhouse, London

Southwark Playhouse, London

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Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ 1964 political satire is revived at Southwark Playhouse this Spring.

A rarely revived political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‘other’ in society. This musical comedy opens at Southwark Playhouse this April starring Alex Young (Amalia Balash in ‘She Loves Me’ at Sheffield Crucible and Young Sally in ‘Follies’ at the National Theatre). She is joined by Chrystine Symone as Nurse Fay Apple and Jordan Broatch as J Bowden Hapgood.

Set in a fictional town where the government controls everything, even the miracles, this fast paced and off-the-wall musical is as hilarious as it is subversive.

Featuring a raft of classic Sondheim numbers including Me and My Town, Anyone Can Whistle, There Won’t be Trumpets, Everybody Says Don’t and With So Little to be Sure Of.

Anyone Can Whistle is booking from 1 April 2022 until 7 May 2022 at Southwark Playhouse, London.

What is Anyone Can Whistle about?

A political allegory in musical comedy form that tells the story of a town that’s gone bankrupt because its only industry is manufacturing something that never wears out. In order to revive her town Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper and her town council fake a miracle – water flowing from a rock – to attract tourists. When patients at the local mental hospital escape and mix with the townspeople and tourists, chaos ensues whilst J. Bowden Hapgood, a fake psychiatrist falls in love with Fay Apple, a nurse at the asylum who has disguised herself as a miracle verifier sent from Lourdes.

Who is in the cast of Anyone Can Whistle?

The cast features Alex Young as Cora Hoover Hooper, Chrystine Symone as Nurse Fay Apple, Jordan Broatch as J Bowden Hapgood, Danny Lane as Comptroller Schub, Samuel Clifford as Treasurer Cooley, Renan Teodoro as Chief of Police Magrueder, Nathan Taylor as Dr Detmold,
Kathryn Akin as Mrs Schroeder, Marisha Morgan as Baby Joan, Teddy Hinde as John, Hana Ichijo as June, Shane Convery as George and Jensen Tudtud as Martin.

Creative team

Written by Arthur Laurent with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Georgie Rankcom, with musical direction by Natalie Pound, choreography by Lisa Stevens, orchestrations by Charlie Ingles, original orchestrations by Don Walker, set & costume design by Cory Shipp, lighting design by Alex Musgrave and assistant direction by Alex Conder.


Show Information

Age restrictions
12+
Running time
140 mins (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 7 May 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Saturday

Important Notes

Please note that there is audience interaction in Anyone Can Whistle, particularly in Row A. Children under the age of four will not be admitted to the auditorium, including babes in arms.


Venue Information

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest Tube or Train: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 35, 40, 133, 136, 333, 343, C10, N35, N133, N343
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Southwark Playhouse to stage Anyone Can Whistle starring Alex Young
A new stage production of Anyone Can Whistle will be presented at Southwark Playhouse this April, it has been announced. Tickets for Anyone Can Whistle are now on sale. A political satire about conformity and the ostracisation of those considered ‘other’ in society, this new production of Arthur Laurents’ and Stephen Sondheim’s 1964 musical will be directed by Matthew Rankcom. Alex Young, who has just finished a critically acclaimed run playing Amalia Balash in She Loves Me at Sheffield Crucible is set to play the rich and greedy Mayoress Cora Hoover Hooper. Young's many theatre roles include Young Sally in Follies (National Theatre); Marge in Promises, Promises (Southwark Playhouse); Brutus in Coriolanus, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Poppy in Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Erma in Anything Goes, Ellie May Chipley in Show Boat, all for Sheffield Crucible; Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Sally Smith in Me And My Girl, for Chichester Festival Theatre; Brunhilde in I Can’t Sing (London Palladium); and, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel (ENO/ London Coliseum. Full casting for the show is to be announced. Anyone Can Whistle opened on Broadway in the 1963/64 season, where it played for only 9 performances before generating a now-revered original cast recording (featuring Lee Remick, Harry Guardino and Angela Lansbury in her Broadway musical debut), and going on to develop a huge following.  Its score has generated several standards, including ‘There Won’t be Trumpets’, ‘Everybody Says Don’t’, ‘With So Little to Be Sure Of’,  and the wistful title song. Set in a fictional town where the government controls everything, even the miracles, this fast paced and off-the-wall musical is as hilarious as it is subversive. The creative team includes director Matthew Rankcom (They/Them), musical director Natalie Pound (She/Her), choreographer Lisa Stevens (She/Her), set and costume designer Cory Shipp (She/Her), lighting designer Alex Musgrave (He/Him) and assistant director Alex Conder (He/Him). Orchestrations are by Charlie Ingles (He/Him) with original orchestrations by Don Walker (He/Him). Anyone Can Whistle will run from 1 April 2022 until 7 May 2022 at Southwark Playhouse, London. Book tickets to Anyone Can Whistle at the Southwark Playhouse

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