Andy Capp – The Musical
“There’s forty seven houses with their separate stories, we’d like to tell you one before it starts to rain.”
In a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the first professional UK production in more than 30 years of Andy Capp The Musical by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock.
As Reg Smythe’s long-running Daily Mirror comic strip prepares to celebrate its 60th year, join loveable rogue Andy Capp and the colourful characters from his North East town in this hilarious and poignant British musical.
Work-shy Andy squanders his rent money on beer and stumbles home late again. His long suffering missus Flo vows to leave him, but Andy promises his racing pigeons will one day make them a fortune.
A few doors down, innocent young lovers Elvis and Raquel plan their wedding, but will their lives turn out just like Andy and Flo? Not if Raquel’s mother, Mrs Scrimmett, has anything to do with it…
With Alan Price’s bouncy rhythms and Trevor Peacock’s razor sharp lyrics, this rediscovered British musical is a warm-hearted look at relationships and the simple pleasures in overcoming life’s obstacles – guaranteed to stamp a smile on your face.
Andy Capp The Musical premiered in 1982 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and then transferred to the West End, where it was nominated for the Olivier Award for Musical of the Year. Tom Courtenay starred as Andy and Alan Price, the show’s composer and former keyboardist for the popular band The Animals, played the role of Geordie.
Book by Trevor Peacock
Music by Alan Price
Lyrics by Alan Price & Trevor Peacock
Co Producer: Matt Whayman
Director: Jake Smith
Musical Director: Tim Shaw
Choreographer: Chris Cuming
Set & Costume Designer: Bex Kemp
Lighting Designer: Alex Hopkins
Assistant Director: Anastasia Osei-Kuffour
Production Manager: Ash Mochan
Stage Manager: Jennifer Hunting
Deputy Stage Manager: Harriet Stanley
Assistant Stage Manager: Monicque Joseph
Assistant Producer: Chris Evans
“This is that rare musical theatre amalgam – where everyone and everything is part of the same picture… Frankly, it is irresistible… Smith, Cuming and Shaw are names to watch. What they have achieved here with Andy Capp is, actually, astonishing”- ★★★★★ Live Theatre UK
“Incredibly amusing…I do hope this show transfers or at least finds itself back at the Finborough at some point – it deserves a much larger audience and many more performances.” – ★★★★★ London Theatre 1
“Charming without a doubt… The music is upbeat and catchy, and the quality of the tracks and singing certainly belong into the West End. The lyrics are entertaining and poignant” – ★★★★ West End Wilma
“A funny and charming production… The cast create a feeling of warmth and jubilation throughout. All in all a worthwhile show, whether you’re a hardcore Andy Capp follower or a complete novice” – ★★★★ Everything Theatre
“The songs are amusing… and delivered with great panache as are the breathless dance routines… The play sold out for the entire run at the Finborough Theatre, but with any luck it will transfer to another venue and be given the large stage it truly deserves” – Daily Mirror
“Jake Smith’s witty production on the tiny Finborough stage gives it plenty of warmth, and a versatile cast frequently double as actor-musicians to give the two-person band added heft.” – Mark Shenton, The Stage
“There is much to enjoy here, from Chris Cuming’s space-defying choreography to an endearing performance from Terence Frisch” – Musical Theatre Review
“Time passes too quickly in this entertaining show” – UK Theatre Network
“A truly memorable and enchanting evening out” – Church of England Newspaper
“The creative team behind Andy Capp – The Musical have really done a fantastic job…” – The Last Minute Theatre Tickets
Finborough Theatre: 7th February – 23rd February 2016