Starter for Ten The Musical

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About Starter for Ten

Starter for Ten is the joyous new musical based on the smash-hit movie starring James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, and the best-selling book by David Nicholls.

Featuring an irresistible, original soundtrack inspired by the riotous student scene of the 80s, Starter for Ten is a bright, big-hearted coming-of-age musical comedy about love, belonging and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.

Starter For Ten will run at the Bristol Old Vic from 9 February to 30 March 2024. There’s no current news about dates or venues for a London run of Starter for Ten, but please check back for details, or sign-up for our email alerts.

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What's the story of Starter for Ten?

Fingers on buzzers! Here’s your Starter for Ten…
What is eighteen-year-old Brian Jackson’s proudest achievement to date? His A-level results. His idol? Kate Bush. His lifelong dream? To compete on legendary TV quiz show University Challenge. It’s 1985 and, leaving Southend to start his first year at Bristol University, Brian soon discovers that falling in love and growing up take a lot more than general knowledge…

Who is in the cast of Starter for Ten?

The cast for the Bristol Old Vic includes Adam Bregman (The Effects of Lying) in the lead role of Brian, with Mel Giedroyc (The Crown Jewels, Company) playing the role of Brian’s mum,  Irene Jackson and Robert Portal in the role of legendary quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne. Eubha Akilade (Find Me in Paris) as Rebecca, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Rock Follies , The Lion King) as Spencer, Miracle Chance (The Witches) as Lucy, Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical, The Sound of Music) as Alice, Will Jennings (Les Miserables, The Mousetrap) as Patrick, Gemma Knight-Jones (Come From Away) as Professor Bowman, Luke Johnson (The Light Princess) as Des, and Natasha O’Brien (Aspects Of Love) asMrs Harbinson. The cast is completed by Finlay Blackman, William Hall and Rockingham Ooi-Griffiths sharing the role of Young Brian.

 

 

Who are the creative team of Starter for Ten?

The book and lyrics are co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, with original score and lyrics by Hatty Carman and Tom Rasmussen.

Directed by Charlie Parham, choreography by Shelley Maxwell, set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, sound design by Gregory Clarke and casting by Will Burton for GBC.


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Starter For Ten at Bristol Old Vic – photos [Updated]
Production photos are in for new musical Starter For Ten at Bristol Old Vic. The highly anticipated show, based on the David Nicholl's novel and hit film, opens tomorrow night and runs until 30 March at Bristol Old Vic theatre. The cast includes Adam Bregman (The Effects of Lying) in the lead role of Brian, with Eubha Akilade (Find Me in Paris) as Rebecca, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Rock Follies , The Lion King) as Spencer, Miracle Chance (The Witches) as Lucy, Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical, The Sound of Music) as Alice, and Will Jennings (Les Miserables, The Mousetrap) as Patrick. The story is set in 1980s Bristol, and is a tale of love, class and growing up against the backdrop of legendary British quiz show University Challenge. Acclaimed actress, presenter, comedian and writer Mel Giedroyc plays the role of Brian’s mum, Irene Jackson, Gemma Knight-Jones (A Christmas Carol, Old Vic; Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre) plays Professor Bowman, Robert Portal is legendary quizmaster Bamber Gascoigne, Luke Johnson (The Light Princess, National Theatre) takes the role of ‘Des’, and Natasha O’Brien (Aspects Of Love, Apollo Theatre) will play ‘Mrs Harbinson’. The cast is completed by Finlay Blackman, William Hall and Rockingham Ooi-Griffiths sharing the role of Young Brian. The show has score and lyrics by composers Tom Rasmussen and Hatty Carman, book and lyrics are co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions. Charlie Parham directs with choreography by Shelley Maxwell, set and costume design by Olivier Award-nominee Frankie Bradshaw, sound design by Gregory Clarke and casting by Will Burton for GBC. Starter For Ten - production photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1576" display="pro_horizontal_filmstrip"] Starter For Ten - rehearsal photos [ngg src="galleries" ids="1527" display="pro_horizontal_filmstrip"] UPDATED: First published on February 6 2024 with rehearsal photos; Updated on 6 March 2024 with production photos.
Mel Giedroyc to appear in Starter For Ten at Bristol Old Vic
Final casting has been announced for Bristol Old Vic's new musical Starter For Ten. Acclaimed actress, presenter, comedian and writer Mel Giedroyc is to join the cast of the musical based on David Nicholls’ book and cult film which will run at Bristol Old Vic from 29 February – 30 March. Mel will play the role of Brian’s mum, ‘Irene Jackson’.  She recently starred in The Crown Jewels at the Garrick Theatre in London with other theatre credits including Company (Gielgud); Much Ado About Nothing (Rose); Luce (Southwark Playhouse); New Boy (Trafalgar Studios); Eurobeat (Novello and UK tour); Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith) and Jack and the Beanstalk (Barbican). Her numerous TV credits include Let it Shine; The Great British Bake Off (BAFTA Award Winner); Light Lunch; Unforgivable; Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker; How To Build A Girl; Miranda; Mel and Sue Show; and the Strictly Come Dancing Xmas Special. Mel said: "David Nicholls’ coming of age story is a classic that everybody can identify with; I was taken right back to being a gawky suburban teen finding my feet at Uni in the 80s. The sights and smells of student life - Impulse body spray, backcombed Robert Smith hairdos, questionable food from a one-ring hob, cheap cigarettes, dance floors sticky with snakebite and black!  Starter for Ten is especially meaningful to me and I’m ecstatic to be a part of bringing this brand-new musical version - full of heart, comedy and Strongbow - to a brand-new audience." She is joined by Robert Portal in the role of legendary quizmaster ‘Bamber Gascoigne’. Robert is a familiar face on stage and screen, known for his role as Paul Critchley on the BBC television series The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006), his role as the Duke of Richmond on the ITV drama series Belgravia (2020) and film work including the King in The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016), My Week with Marilyn (2011) and Six Days (2017). Additional casting announced today includes Gemma Knight-Jones (A Christmas Carol, Old Vic; Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre) in the role of ‘Professor Bowman’ . Also, Luke Johnson (The Light Princess, National Theatre) takes the role of ‘Des’, and Natasha O’Brien (Aspects Of Love, Apollo Theatre) will play ‘Mrs Harbinson’. The cast is completed by Finlay Blackman, William Hall and Rockingham Ooi-Griffiths sharing the role of Young Brian. The join previously announced cast: Adam Bregman (The Effects of Lying) in the lead role of Brian, with Eubha Akilade (Find Me in Paris) as Rebecca, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Rock Follies , The Lion King) as Spencer, Miracle Chance (The Witches) as Lucy, Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical, The Sound of Music) as Alice, and Will Jennings (Les Miserables, The Mousetrap) as Patrick. The story is set in 1980s Bristol, and is a tale of love, class and growing up against the backdrop of legendary British quiz show University Challenge. Starter for Ten The Musical has an 80s-inspired original score and lyrics composed by queer, pop-punk composers Tom Rasmussen, who recently supported Rina Sawayama and Self Esteem on a UK tour, and Hatty Carman. The show's book and lyrics are co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions. Starter for Ten will be directed by Charlie Parham, choreographed by Shelley Maxwell, with set and costume design by Olivier Award-nominee Frankie Bradshaw, sound design by Gregory Clarke and casting by Will Burton for GBC. The show is produced by Antic Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Longshot Films and Playtone.
Watch: New musical Starter For Ten – music video
Producers of brand new British musical Starter For Ten have released a music video of one of the songs from the show. 'Touched by an Angel' is the first track released for the show, which gets its world premiere production at Bristol Old Vic in February 2024. The song has lead vocals by Adam Bregman as Brian, and Emily Lane as Alice, and the video is by JAM+POST, with music production by Jon Rasmussen. https://youtu.be/gP53Dxl6N8Y Based on the novel by bestselling author David Nicholls (One Day, Us), Starter for Ten has an 80s-inspired original score and lyrics by queer, pop-punk composers Tom Rasmussen and Hatty Carman. David Nicholls' coming-of-age novel was turned into a hit 2006 film starring James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden and Rebecca Hall. A tale of love, class and growing up in the 1980s, set in Bristol against the backdrop of legendary British quiz show University Challenge, the show stars Adam Bregman (The Effects of Lying) in the lead role of Brian, with Eubha Akilade (Find Me in Paris) as Rebecca, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Rock Follies, The Lion King) as Spencer, Miracle Chance (The Witches) as Lucy, Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical, The Sound of Music) as Alice, and Will Jennings (Les Miserables, The Mousetrap) as Patrick. Further casting is to be announced soon. Starter For Ten cast - Photo by Oliver Rosser, Feast Creative Starter for Ten has book and lyrics co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions. The show is directed by Charlie Parham, choreographed by Shelley Maxwell, with set and costume design by Olivier Award-nominee Frankie Bradshaw, sound design by Gregory Clarke and casting by Will Burton for GBC. Composers Tom Rasmussen and Hatty Carman said in a statement: “When we began thinking about the music that would soundtrack our adaptation of David Nicholls’s Starter For Ten, we started in the pages of the book. It’s a text totally rich with music from when the book is set—1985—and each character has their own specific musical tastes, which, as music does, illuminates their internal worlds so brilliantly. It made sense that Brian, our lead and a could-be working class hero, is into The Cure, The Smiths, Kate Bush. Yes, it’s ‘80s — and it’s British. So often when we think of ‘80s music we think of gloss, of late ‘80s glamour. But Starter for Ten is a total love letter to the subcultures of the early eighties, from post-punk to the New Romantics. It’s about experimental synths, drum machines, and of course—the musician’s greatest weapon—the guitar. The first track we’re releasing from the show — 'Touched by an Angel' — is when Brian sees the supposed girl of his dreams for the first time. It’s the punk ballad of a lovesick Essex Boy, one who loves to quote Brontë.” Starter for Ten is produced by Antic Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Longshot Films and Playtone, and runs at the Bristol Old Vic from 29 February to 30 March 2024.
Starter for Ten at Bristol Old Vic casting announced
Casting has been revealed for the forthcoming premiere of new musical Starter for Ten at the Bristol Old Vic. An extremely strong cast includes Adam Bregman (The Effects of Lying) in the lead role of Brian, with Eubha Akilade (Find Me in Paris) as Rebecca, Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Rock Follies , The Lion King) as Spencer, Miracle Chance (The Witches) as Lucy, Emily Lane (Frozen The Musical, The Sound of Music) as Alice, and Will Jennings (Les Miserables, The Mousetrap) as Patrick. Further casting is to be announced. The show will get its world premiere at Bristol Old Vic from 29 February to 30 March 2024. The musical is based on David Nicholls' coming-of-age novel, which was turned into a hit 2006 film starring James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, James Corden and Rebecca Hall. The story is set in 1980s Bristol, and is a tale of love, class and growing up against the backdrop of legendary British quiz show University Challenge. Starter for Ten The Musical has an 80s-inspired original score and lyrics composed by queer, pop-punk composers Tom Rasmussen, who recently supported Rina Sawayama and Self Esteem on a UK tour, and Hatty Carman. The show's book and lyrics are co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions. Starter for Ten is directed by Charlie Parham, with choreography by Shelley Maxwell, set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, sound design by Gregory Clarke and casting by Will Burton for GBC. Emma Hall and Charlie Parham said in a statement: “It is so exciting to be working with a new generation of extremely talented young actors. In exactly the same way that the film ‘Starter for 10’ was instrumental in launching the careers of so many young British stars (James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper and James Corden to name but a few!), we have seized this opportunity to champion and showcase the stars of tomorrow.” Author David Nicholls said: “20 years after publication, it’s such a thrill that Brian’s misadventures are being brought to the stage, and by such a brilliant, dynamic team.” The show is produced by Antic Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Longshot Films and Playtone.
Starter for Ten musical to premiere at the Bristol Old Vic
A new musical based on the hit movie Starter for Ten is set for the stage. The movie, which launched the careers of James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall, was based on David Nicholls' best-selling coming-of-age novel. The world premiere will take place at the Bristol Old Vic, running from 29 February to 30 March 2024, and the show is the first announcement for Nancy Medina’s inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Bristol Old Vic. Set in 1980's Bristol, the new musical has an 80's inspired original score and lyrics by queer, pop-punk composers Tom Rasmussen and Hatty Carman. Book and lyrics are co-written by Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions. Charlie Parham will also direct, alongside set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Jai Morjaria and casting by Will Burton for GBC. A tale of love, class and growing up in the 1980s, Starter for Ten is set against the backdrop of legendary British quiz show University Challenge. Casting for the new musical is to be announced. Author David Nicholls said in a press statement: “Nearly 20 years after publication, it’s such a thrill that Brian’s misadventures are being brought to the stage, and by such a brilliant, dynamic team.” Emma Hall and Charlie Parham, Artistic Directors of Antic Productions, said: “Ever since we first read David Nicholls' brilliant novel, which brims with music on every page, we just knew it had to be a stage musical. To be presenting the world premiere of a Bristol-based story at the Bristol Old Vic is sincerely a dream come true. We cannot wait to bring this electrifying mix of general knowledge and anthemic, 80s-inspired music to audiences.” Hatty Carman and Tom Rasmussen, composers of the new musical, said “We have absolutely adored bringing David Nicholls’ totally flawed, completely loveable characters to the stage. As musicians, it’s exhilarating to bring our love of the DIY music scene that raised us to a theatre like Bristol Old Vic.” The show is produced by Antic Productions, Bristol Old Vic, Longshot Films and Playtone. More about Starter for Ten

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