The musical Betwixt! by Ian McFarlane will make a West End transfer this summer when it opens at the Trafalgar Studios on Thursday 28th July 2011, following previews from Tuesday 26th July for a limited run until 20th August.
Set in modern day New York, the central protagonist - a fantasy novelist named Bailey Howard - is suffering from writers block and unable to start work on his latest book. Things take an unexpected turn with the arrival of his new flatmate, Cooper Fitzgerald, a camp and flamboyant man who journeys with Bailey into a remarkable fantasy world where their arrival is heralded as the fulfilment of a great prophecy. There they must seek out a fading daytime TV star in order to save a pregnant princess from losing her throne. Sex-crazed nymphs, hunchbacks, cross-dressing mutes, dancing reporters and evil enchantresses stand in their path; as well as a disembodied head with a Bavarian accent. The surreal plot and original score verges between fantasy adventure and a witty adult comedy.
The musical promises "sitcom-styled dialogue and a toe-tapping score".
The show premiered at the Kings Head Theatre before being staged for one night at the Ambassadors Theatre in October 2008. The concert style production starred Tim Howar in the role of Bailey alongside a cast which included David Bedella, Sheridan Smith, Abi Newberry, Rosemary Ashe, Sarah Lark, Stefan Booth and Roberta Mann. The upcoming production will feature several new songs with full casting still to be announced.
Betwixt! is directed by writer Ian McFarlane, has choreography by Grace Harrington and is produced by Christopher D Clegg.
Fans can be involved with the production through the use of social media, live performances, ticket treasure hunts, lotteries, tweet Q & A’s, interactive video blogs and more!
Book Betwixt! tickets online now.
[posted by Louise, 16/05/2011]