About Marvellous

@sohoplace Theatre, London
Booking to 26 November 2022
No longer booking

The first production at London’s brand new @sohoplace theatre is Marvellous, a joyful, inspiring true story of Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin who, defying the odds, leads the most amazing life.

As smash-hit at the New Vic Theatre, the show is performed by a talented company including neuro-divergent actors, and runs at Soho Place for a strictly limited season to 26 November 2022.

What’s Marvellous about?

Growing up in the 1950’s in less enlightened times, Neil Baldwin was not expected to be a success. But Neil decided he was destined to do wonderful things and that his life was going to be marvellous. And it is.

He hitchhiked across the country, became a famous clown, got an honorary degree from Keele University, was appointed Stoke City’s legendary kit man, appeared on the Queen’s New Year Honours list and accepted a BAFTA award for the film made about his life. A friend to anyone he meets, he became a local hero and an inspiration to the world. A reminder to us all not to let anything stand in the way of your dreams, just go out and make them happen.

The cast of Marvellous

The cast of Marvellous includes Suzanne Ahmet as Suzanne, Charlie Bence as Charlie, Gareth Cassidy as Gareth, Alex Frost as Alex, Michael Hugo as Real Neil, Jerone Marsh-Reid as Jerone, and Daniel Murphy as Daniel.

The creative team of Marvellous

Marvellous is written by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke, and adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and the show’s director Theresa Heskins.

Other creatives include Lis Evans Designer, Conrad Nelson Original Musical Director/ Composer, James Atherton Additional Musical Director/Composer, Beverley Norris-Edmunds Movement Director, Daniella Beattie Lighting & Projection Designer, James Earls-Davis Original Sound Designer, Alex Day Additional Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis Sound Designer for London transfer, Caroline Wilkes Associate Director, Anji Carroll CDG Casting Associate, Caroline Hetherington Vocal coach, Jenny Holford Personal Assistant to neurodiverse actors, and Patrick Molony & Chris Easton Production Management.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 26 November 2022
Age restrictions
8+
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Reviews

★★★★ "Anarchic and celebratory show - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "A life-affirming show that’s true to its name" - The Times
★★★★ "Charming bio-play about the irrepressible Neil Baldwin" - TimeOut
★★★★ "Marvellously silly"- The Telegraph

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Important Notes

Access Performances:
British Sign Language Performance: Wednesday 16 November, 2.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thursday 17 November, 7.30pm
Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 23 November, 2.30pm
Captioned Performance: Friday 25 Nov, 7.30pm


Venue Information

@sohoplace Theatre, 4 Soho Place, London, W1D 3BG
Nearest Tube or Train: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square
Nearest Buses: 1, N1, N171, 14, 176, 8, 98
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Photos: Marvellous at @sohoplace Theatre
Photos: Marvellous at @sohoplace Theatre
Production photos are in for Marvellous - the first ever production to be staged at the @sohoplace Theatre in London. Marvellous, which runs until 26 November 2022 @sohoplace, is written by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke, and adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and the show's director Theresa Heskins. Marvellous is a joyful and inspiring true story about Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin. Growing up in the 1950’s in less enlightened times, Neil Baldwin was not expected to be a success. But Neil decided he was destined to do wonderful things and that his life was going to be marvellous. And it is. He hitchhiked across the country, became a famous clown, got an honorary degree from Keele University, was appointed Stoke City’s legendary kit man, appeared on the Queen’s New Year Honours list and accepted a BAFTA award for the film made about his life. A friend to anyone he meets, he became a local hero and an inspiration to the world. A reminder to us all not to let anything stand in the way of your dreams, just go out and make them happen. The show starsSuzanne Ahmet as Suzanne, Charlie Bence as Charlie, Gareth Cassidy as Gareth, Alex Frost as Alex, Michael Hugo as Real Neil, Jerone Marsh-Reid as Jerone, and Daniel Murphy as Daniel. The creative team includes Lis Evans as Designer, Conrad Nelson Original Musical Director/ Composer, James Atherton Additional Musical Director/Composer, Beverley Norris-Edmunds Movement Director, Daniella Beattie Lighting & Projection Designer, James Earls-Davis Original Sound Designer, Alex Day Additional Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis Sound Designer for London transfer, Caroline Wilkes Associate Director, Anji Carroll CDG Casting Associate, Caroline Hetherington Vocal coach, Jenny Holford Personal Assistant to neurodiverse actors, and Patrick Molony & Chris Easton Production Management. Book tickets to Marvellous at @sohoplace Photos of Marvellous at @sohoplace Theatre [ngg src="galleries" ids="904" display="pro_tile"]
Video: New West End theatre @sohoplace opens in London
Video: New West End theatre @sohoplace opens in London
The West End's first new venue for 50 years, @sohoplace Theatre on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road, opened last night, Thursday 21 October 2022. The brainchild of Nimax Theatres owner Nica Burns, who owns a number of West End venues including the Garrick and Palace Theatres, the new 602-seater venue opened with joyous new play Marvellous by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke. Nica Burns told the Press Association that the opening was “glorious and thrilling” and that she felt an “enormous sense of relief”. "At the start of the evening it was a potent mix of adrenaline and fear… the attention to detail has been literally millimetre by millimetre – a great deal of passion and thought and care has gone into it. But at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what I think, we will be judged by the public. People loved the building, which of course for me is a ‘thank goodness and wow’ – because when you work this close on something you can lose perspective,” she said. The auditorium of @sohoplace Theatre The venue has a swanky new restaurant and bar - called Stars Restaurant and Bar - on the ground floor, with the new multi-purpose venue on the first floor. The auditorium has been constructed to be completely flexible in terms of its configuration, and is starting off as an in-the-round venue. Earlier this week @sohoplace announced its next two productions following Marvellous - both of which feature high-profile stars. Josie Rourke is to direct a new production of As You Like starring Rose Ayling-Ellis, Martha Plimpton, Alfred Enoch, Leah Harvey; and Dominic Cooke will direct Medea starring Sophie Okonedo and Ben Daniels. Book tickets to Marvellous @sohoplace Theatre in London Video: Watch the opening night video https://www.facebook.com/sohoplace/videos/5528923327195661
@sohoplace’s New Theatre Restaurant & Bar Set to Open
@sohoplace’s New Theatre Restaurant & Bar Set to Open
A brand new theatre restaurant and bar is coming to London later this month. Stars Restaurant & Bar is housed in the brand new West End theatre @sohoplace - the first new West End theatre to open for 50 years. The theatre opens this Saturday, 15 October, with the play Marvellous. The new theatre has 602 seats at its 4 Soho Place location, situated on Charing Cross Road and near to Tottenham Court Road underground station. The theatre's new restaurant and bar will officially open on 18 October 2022, on the ground level of the theatre. Promising contemporary international cuisine using fine British and European produce, the Head Chef will be Constantin Apostu, who was formerly at The Standard Hotel. Nica Burns, Chief Executive of Nimax Theatres, who own a number of West End theatres in London, was very involved in the design of the restaurant and bar, and worked closely with the venue's architects Simon Allford of AHMM. The restaurant has 70 seats, and a 25-seater bar with a Labradorite bar-top. The bar will offer classic and modern cocktails, some with theatrical or astrological themes. Marvellous, which will will run at @sohoplace from 15 October to 26 November 2022, is written by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke, and adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and the show’s director Theresa Heskins. Nica Burns and Nimax have also revealed that Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke will also be directing shows at the venue. Book Marvellous tickets at @sohoplace theatre Be the first to see the brand new @sohoplace theatre by booking tickets to Marvellous - and Save up to 50% for a limited time. BOOK NOW >
@sohoplace’s inaugural production to be Marvellous; shows from Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke to follow
@sohoplace’s inaugural production to be Marvellous; shows from Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke to follow
Nica Burns and Nimax Theatres have announced that the first production to open at the new West End theatre venue @sohoplace is to be the New Vic’s production of Marvellous. Marvellous, which will will run at @sohoplace from 15 October to 26 November 2022, is written by Neil Baldwin and Malcolm Clarke, and adapted for the stage by Neil Baldwin and the show's director Theresa Heskins. The following two productions, which are yet to be announced, will be directed by Josie Rourke and Dominic Cooke. Josie Rourke was artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse from 2012 to 2019, and her recent directing credits include movie Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Jack Lowden. Josie has been long associated with the development of @sohoplace, having worked on the masterplan for the new venue, alongside people including playwright James Graham. Dominic Cooke is about to direct David Tennant in C.P. Taylor's play Good at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starting in October. The director recently directed The Corn is Green at the National Theatre with Nicola Walker. He was artistic director and Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre 2006 to 2013. The show is a joyful and inspiring true story about Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin who, defying all expectations, has led and continues to lead, the most amazing life. The show is performed by a talented company including neuro-divergent actors. The cast includes Suzanne Ahmet as Suzanne, Charlie Bence as Charlie, Gareth Cassidy as Gareth, Alex Frost as Alex, Michael Hugo as Real Neil, Jerone Marsh-Reid as Jerone, and Daniel Murphy as Daniel. Alongside Theresa Heskins as director, is Lis Evans as Designer, Conrad Nelson Original Musical Director/ Composer, James Atherton Additional Musical Director/Composer, Beverley Norris-Edmunds Movement Director, Daniella Beattie Lighting & Projection Designer, James Earls-Davis Original Sound Designer, Alex Day Additional Sound Designer, Paul Groothuis Sound Designer for London transfer, Caroline Wilkes Associate Director, Anji Carroll CDG Casting Associate, Caroline Hetherington Vocal coach, Jenny Holford Personal Assistant to neurodiverse actors, and Patrick Molony & Chris Easton Production Management. The New Vic theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme is the oldest purpose built, in-the-round theatre in the UK, and so a perfect match for the @sohoplace, which is the first new West End theatre in 50 years, and has a flexible, 602-seat auditorium, purpose built and having its opening season in-the-round. Nica Burns, Producer and Theatre Owner said: “Marvellous is precisely that, marvellous. A wonderful production of a heartwarming and uplifting tale about an extraordinary man who decided he would lead an exceptional life. And against all the odds, he has and does. The New Vic in North Staffordshire, led by its brilliant director Theresa Heskins, is an absolute jewel of a regional theatre, the cultural beacon of the area and the beating heart of its community. As we open our new theatre in-the-round, we are honoured to be collaborating with and learning from the expertise of the New Vic’s amazing team.” More about Marvellous at @sohoplace

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