Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre is set to revive the hit punk rock musical Lizzie this autumn 2023.
The show is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was tried for the axe murders of her father and stepmother, and features music by Steven Cheslik-DeMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, with lyrics by Cheslik-DeMeyer and Tim Maner, and a book by Tim Maner.
The show originally premiered in New York in 2009, and a 2017 Danish production played Greenwich Theatre in London.
The new production of Lizzie will feature direction and choreography by Hope Mill’s co-founder William Whelton, with set and lighting design by Andrew Exeter, musical supervision by Katy Richardson, associate choreographer Yandass Ndlovu, and casting by Pearson Casting.
Speaking about the production, William Whelton said: “We are thrilled to share the news of our autumn production of Lizzie, which will premiere at Hope Mill Theatre followed by a short UK tour. Lizzie is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden who in the height of summer 1892 killed her father and stepmother with an axe. The retelling of this story is with an incredibly talented all-female cast and on stage all-female rock band, but the real heart of this show is how it explores the power, resilience and strength of women and their relationships.”
The production will feature an all-female cast and an all-female rock band, and run from 1 to 30 September 2023 at the Hope Mill Theatre.