About The Fabulist

Charing Cross Theatre, London
12 August 2024 - 21 September 2024

Get The Fabulist tickets at Charing Cross Theatre in London.

Don’t miss the world premiere of The Fabulist, a fast-paced musical comedy debuting at Charing Cross Theatre.

Inspired by Giovanni Paisiello’s opera The Imaginary Astrologer, The Fabulist blends Paisiello’s sublime music with a brand-new book by James Farwell.

In this joyous romantic comedy, the hazards of love, the wonder of magic, and the mysteries of the universe collide. Follow the adventure of Julian, an illusionist-extraordinaire and outlawed heretic, as he escapes from Mussolini and the Catholic Church. His journey takes an unexpected turn when he stumbles onto a film set and into the arms of Clarice, a dazzling young screenwriter.

The Fabulist is both a forgotten classic and a modern tale of romance and self-discovery.

Experience the magic and romance – book your tickets today!

The Fabulist runs from 12 August to 21 September 2024 at Charing Cross Theatre in London


Show Information

Performance dates
12 August 2024 - 21 September 2024
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

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


What's the story of The Fabulist?

The hazards of love, the wonder of magic, and the mysteries of the universe collide in The Fabulist, a joyous and fast-paced feast of musical comedy.

Italy, 1929. Illusionist-extraordinaire and outlawed heretic Julian finds himself on the run from Mussolini and the Catholic church. Stumbling upon a film shoot, he dazzles screenwriter Clarice with his magical skills and easygoing charm. But how can you trust a man whose life is built on illusion? And what will happen as the regime closes in on him?

Who are the creative team of The Fabulist?

Music by Giovanni Paisiello (1740 to 1816), Book and Lyrics by James P. Farwell.

Director: John Walton; Musical Director and Orchestrator: Bobby Goulder; Set and Costume Designer: David Shields; Lighting Designer: Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson; Sound Designer: Andrew Johnson; Casting Director: Debbie O’Brien; Producer: Steven Levy for Charing Cross Theatre Productions.


Venue Information

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NL
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139, 176
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Fabulist is playing at the Charing Cross Theatre in London
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Yes, The Fabulist has matinee performances on the following days: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday

News about The Fabulist

New Musical The Fabulist to Open at Charing Cross Theatre
New Musical The Fabulist to Open at Charing Cross Theatre
London's Charing Cross Theatre will host the world premiere of The Fabulist, a major new musical set to debut this August. Inspired by Italian composer Giovanni Paisiello’s opera The Imaginary Astrologer, The Fabulist promises a joyous and fast-paced musical comedy experience. Set against the backdrop of 1929 Italy, the story follows an illusionist on the run from Mussolini and the Catholic Church. His flight leads him to an unexpected sanctuary—a bustling film set—where he captures the attention of a young screenwriter. Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816), renowned for his bubbly, colorful, and fun-filled operettas, provides the inspiration for this show. Combining some of his most sublime music with a brand-new libretto by James Farwell The production promises to be both a forgotten classic and a modern tale of romance and self-discovery. The creative team behind the show includes Director John Walton, Musical Director and Orchestrator Bobby Goulder, Set and Costume Designer David Shields, Lighting Designer Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Casting Director Debbie O’Brien, and Producer Steven Levy for Charing Cross Theatre Productions. Casting details for the show is yet to be announced. Currently, Charing Cross Theatre is showcasing Marie Curie, a dramatic production about the life and legacy of the famed scientist. Book The Fabulist tickets in London The Fabulist runs from 12 August to 21 September 2024 at Charing Cross Theatre in London.

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