A new production of Fanny and Stella will run at The Garden Theatre – a new open-air theatre in South London – this August.
Directed by Steven Dexter with musical staging by Nick Winston, the musical follows the real-life story of two figures in Victorian London – Ernest Boulton and Frederick William Park – who were put on trial in London for dressing as women and conspiracy to commit sodomy.
Jed Berry (Kinky Boots, The Book of Mormon) and Kane Verrall (The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing) will star as Ernest Boulton/Stella and Frederick William Park/Fanny respectively, with further casting to be announced.
The piece which was last staged at LGBTQIA+ theatre Above The Stag in 2019 has book and lyrics by Glenn Chandler (Taggart) and music by Charles Miller. The creative team also features musical director Aaron Clingham, designer David Shields and casting by Anne Vosser.
Producer Peter Bull said: “We are taking baby steps as we venture into the brave new world of open-air socially distanced performances. We are only performing three shows a week initially but we aim to increase this after a successful launch.”
Face masks have to be worn for all performances, with audiences socially distanced within The Garden Theatre. The performance is 80 minutes long without an interval. Drinks may be purchased via The Eagle pub app.
The musical will be the premiere production of the newly refurbished beer garden of The Eagle pub.
Fanny and Stella will run from 3 August 2020 until 25 August 2020 at The Garden Theatre, adjacent to The Eagle pub on Kennington Lane, South London.
For tickets and more information: www.fannyandstellamusical.com