Booking to 25 February 2023
Travis Alabanza’s first play for the Royal Court spotlights London’s iconic underground club culture and questions what it means to get your money’s worth when it comes to art.
Legends of the London Queer club scene come out from under the gutter to take over the Royal Court Theatre. Expect punk, profanity and a fierce fight about workers’ rights. Hold for applause. Bring some change. Tip generously.
Sound of the Underground plays at the Royal Court Theatre in London from 19 January to 25 February 2023.
What's the story of Sound of the Underground?
Out to the electric night, where the base line jumps in the backstreet light and the beat goes round and round. The sound of the underground is the sound of duct tape, lighting cigarettes, jangling tips and a whole lot of chaos. This is not your average night at the theatre.
Who is in the cast of Sound of the Underground?
Lilly SnatchDragon (she/her)
Ms Sharon Le Grand (she/they)
Mwice Kavindele as Sadie Sinner The Songbird (she/her)
Rhys Hollis as Rhys’ Pieces (he/they)
Sue Gives A F*ck (she/they)
Tammy Reynolds as Midgitte Bardot (they/them – as Midgitte Bardot she/her)
Wet Mess (they/them)
Who are the creative team of Sound of the Underground?
Sound of the Underground is written by Travis Alabanza, an award winning writer, performer and theatre maker; and co-created and directed by Debbie Hannan, Associate Artist at National Theatre of Scotland.
Travis Alabanza (they/them)
Debbie Hannan (they/them)
CO-CREATOR AND DIRECTOR
Rosie Elnile (she/her)
Max Johns (he/they)
Simisola Majekodunmi (she/they)
Alexandra Faye Braithwaite (she/her)
Martin Lowe (he/him)
MUSICAL SUPERVISION AND ARRANGEMENT
Bambi/Omar Jordan Phillips (she/her/they/them)
Femi Tiwo (they/them)
Tomás Palmer (he/him)
Reviews of Sound of the Underground★★★★★ "Magnificent explosion of mesmerising drag" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A gloriously sprawling Royal Court debut" - TimeOut
★★★★ "An evening of party, celebration and confession... Riot of a show" - The Stage
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Access performances: Captioned: Wed 8 Feb, Wed 15 Feb at 7.30pm; BSL-Interpreted: Wed 22 Feb at 7.30pm; Audio Described: Sat 25 Feb at 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm); Relaxed: Sat 18 Feb at 2.30pm
Content warnings: Sexual imagery and nudity; Description of a homophobic and transphobic incident; Interaction with audience / direct address to audience; Discussion of pay disparity and financial hardship
Venue InformationRoyal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Nearest Tube or Train: Sloane Square (Circle Line, District Line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 22, 319, C1, N19, N22, 137, 452