The Olivier Award-winning musical OUR HOUSE will appear at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21st October to Saturday 26th October in a brand new production which is currently touring the UK. Featuring the greatest hits from the mighty Madness back catalogue including Our House, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove, Night Boat to Cairo and the all-time classic It Must Be Love, this raucous musical comedy is an uplifting tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity set in London’s famous Camden Town in the mid nineteen eighties.
It’s Joe Casey’s sixteenth birthday and he’s treating his girlfriend Sarah to an evening in a brand new luxury apartment – the only problem is they have to break in! When the police turn up Joe has to decide – run away, or face the music – a choice that will set the course of his life, and his love, forever.
The actor-musician cast performing in Our House is led by Alexis Gerred as Joe Casey. His West End credits include the lead role in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre and the title role in Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho at Trafalgar Studios. Alexis was the runner-up in the BBC’s Eurovision talent search Your Country Needs You. Daniella Bowen plays the role of Sarah. Her recent stage work includes Taboo at Brixton Clubhouse, Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre and the UK Tour of Cabaret. Sean Needham appears as Joe’s Dad. His recent West End credits include Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story at the Duchess Theatre.
Playing the role of Kath Casey is Rebecca Bainbridge, whose credits include Mamma Mia! and Cabaret in the West End, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at Leicester Curve, and the UK Tour of Tonight’s The Night. Steve Dorsett appears as Mr Pressman. His stage credits include Soul Man at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and the UK Tour of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story. James Haggie plays the role Emmo. His stage work includes Fame on UK tour, Little Shop of Horrors at Birmingham Rep and New Wolsey Theatre; and The Taming of the Shrew and Cinderella at Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Edward Handoll plays the role of Callum. His West End stage credits include A Christmas Carol, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story and the national tour of Can’t Smile Without You. The cast is completed by Alex Spinney, Dominique Planter, Lloyd Gorman, Natasha Lewis, Dan McGowan, Sophie Byrne, Nicole Bryan and Stewart McCheyne with additional musicians Joey Hickman, Al Twist and Adam Langstaff.
Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Neville’s Island, Kinky Boots) with music and lyrics by Madness, Our House won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Nothing short of a British institution, Madness are one of the most successful British bands of the last 5 decades; having released 10 studio albums, 3 live albums and 9 compilation albums since 1976. Formed at the height of Punk London, Madness – nicknamed the ‘Nutty Boys’ – mixed old Ska and Reggae rhythms, astute social comment and music hall humour to become the most successful UK singles band of the 1980s; sharing the record with UB40 for the most weeks spent by a group in the UK Singles Charts – a total of 214 weeks – throughout the decade.
More recently, Madness have given iconic performances in June 2012 at The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert from the roof of Buckingham Palace – with accompanying animations projected onto the palace front – and at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games last August. Earlier this year, the band performed a live concert broadcast on BBC Four to mark the closure of the Grade II listed BBC Television Centre building. Over 30 years after its release, Madness are still perhaps best known for their international hit Our House, which won an Ivor Novello Award.
Tim Firth is a multi-award winning writer, who started his career at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, where Alan Ayckbourn commissioned him to write Man of Letters. Tim went on to write the hit film Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which he later adapted for the stage. The theatre production was also a major success, both in the West End and on UK tour. In 2011 it beat the all-time British box office record for a play. It played to packed houses at the Theatre Royal Bath in 2008 and 2012. Calendar Girls has also crossed continents, playing across Europe, Central Europe, South America, Australia and Canada. Tim Firth’s play Neville’s Island, one of his earliest works at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, also enjoyed West End success and has been seen in translation all round the world. He also wrote the 2005 film Kinky Boots, which is now a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. His television work includes Preston Front; All Quiet on the Preston Front; a television adaptation of Neville’s Island starring Timothy Spall and Martin Clunes; The Flint Street Nativity starring Jane Horrocks, Ralph Little, Neil Morrissey and John Thomson; and his BAFTA award-winning series for children, The Rottentrolls. His television film Cruise of the Gods starred Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, David Walliams and James Corden.
Our House – The Madness Musical is directed by Peter Rowe, with choreography by Francesca Jaynes and musical direction by Dai Watts.
OUR HOUSE – The Madness Musical appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 21st October to Saturday 26th October. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
Performances: Evenings: Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm, Thursday & Saturday at 8pm.
Matinees: Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 4pm.
Tickets: £10 to £33.50 with concessions available.