Full casting has been announced for MTFestUK 2023 which runs at The Other Palace and Turbine theatre’s in London.
As previously announced MTFestUK will showcase eight new musicals over a two week period from 30 January to 11 February 2023. MTFestUK is a unique festival that provides a platform for new and exciting musical theatre. This year the eight productions will be workshopped and presented in ‘sharing’ sessions, allowing audiences to come and support, explore, engage and enjoy new musical theatre in its earliest stages of development.
Dark Lord, based on the books by Jamie Thomson, features music, lyric and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy.
The cast for Dark Lord are: Marianne Benedict, Gillian Ford, Gabriel Hinchcliffe, Ellis Kirk, Alexander McMorran, Jena Pandya, Tristan Whincup. The cast is completed by the ensemble including Robbie Alexander, Max Cadman, Maxwell Griffin, Teleri Hughes, Sophie Hutchinson, Jessica Lim and Kaine Ruddach.
Dark Lord performance schedule: 30 January: 8pm; 31 January: 8pm; 1 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Other Palace
Sherlock Holmes and The Poisonwood, a whip smart new rock musical with book, lyrics and direction by P Burton-Morgan and music & lyrics by Ben Glasstone.
Cast includes: Max Alexander-Taylor, Ben Glasstone, Aisha Jawando, Ishmael Kirby, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Richard Peralta and Curtis Volp.
Sherlock Holmes and The Poisonwood performance schedule: 2 February: 8pm; 3 February: 8pm; 4 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Other Palace.
Train on Fire, a show where the feminists of today tell the story of feminist of yesterday features book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak and is directed by Ellie Coote.
Cast includes: Chrissie Bhima, Courtney Mae Briggs, Bob Harms, Megan Hill, Freddie Love and Meesha Turner.
Train on Fire performance schedule: 6 February: 8pm; 7 February: 8pm; 8 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Other Palace.
Precipice, a pop infused romp about five friends in their 30s metaphorically falling off the edge of a precipice as they face questions around sex, sexuality, fertility and legacy. The show has a book by Tori Allen-Martin, songs by Adam Gerber and Tori Allen-Martin and is directed by Sarah Henley.
Cast includes: Tori Allen-Martin, Julie Atherton, Declan Bennett, Olisa Odele and Lauryn Redding.
Precipice performance schedule: 9 February: 8pm; 10 February: 8pm; 11 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Other Palace.
The Government Inspector, a modern adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s 19th Century satirical comedy, with book by Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst, music and lyrics by Cat Gisby and Maxwell Tyler and directed by Andrew Beckett.
Cast includes: Will Callan, Vinny Coyle, Aidan Cutler, Sarah Harlington, Tom Hext, Liv Koplick, Mari McGinlay and Susannah Van Den Berg.
The Government Inspector performance schedule: 30 January: 8pm; 31 January: 8pm; 1 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Turbine Theatre
Come Dine With Me, created with Nell Butler and Genevieve Welch features music by Aaron King, book and lyrics by Sam Norman and direction by Robyn Grant.
Cast includes: Alex Cardall, Kim Ismay, Eleanor Kane, Sorelle Marsh, Shem Omari James, Shane O’Riordan, Steven Serlin and Micha Richardson.
Come Dine with Me performance schedule: 2 February: 8pm; 3 February: 8pm; 4 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Turbine Theatre
Pump Up The Volume, based on the screenplay by Allan Moyle about a shy teenager who launches an underground Pirate Radio station. Features music by Jeff Thomson, book and lyrics by Jeremy Desmon and direction by Dave Solomon.
Cast includes: Simon Bailey, Jaina Brock-Patel, Ben Culleton, Sha Dessi, Noah Harrison, CJ Johnson, Nicole Lily-Baisden, Danny Nattrass, Nolan-Power and Talia Palamathanan.
Pump Up The Volume performance schedule: 6 February: 8pm; 7 February: 8pm; 8 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Turbine Theatre
Out The Box, an exploration of self-love, culture, relationships, and empowerment. The show features music and lyrics by Preeya Kalidas and Craig Shenton, book by Preeya Kalidas and Arun Blair Mangat and directed by Shiv Rabheru.
Cast includes: Hannah Yun Chamberlain, Lorna Gayle, Nick Hayes, Preeya Kalidas and Serina Mathew.
Out The Box performance schedule: 9 February: 8pm; 10 February: 8pm; 11 February: 4pm and 8pm. Venue: The Turbine Theatre