Photos: First look at Far From Heaven and #50Days in MTFestUK at Turbine Theatre

Photos have been release offering a glimpse into the inaugural two productions of MTFestUK, Far From Heaven and #50Days, now playing to in-person audiences at London’s Turbine Theatre.

MTFestUK endeavours to showcase some of the best in new musical theatre writing to UK audiences, with a view to platform the shows into full productions.

Far From Heaven, based on the 2002 film period-drama by Todd Haynes, tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife in suburban Connecticut, as her seemingly perfect life falls apart. The musical features abook by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korle, direction by Matthew White and musical direction by Alex Parker.

The piece features Cory English (Young Frankenstein) as Stan / Maurice, Tiffany Graves (Chicago) as Mrs Leacock / Mona Lauder / Doreen, Aimee Hodnett (Follies) as Connie / Nancy, Melanie La Barrie (& Juliet) as Sybil, Ako Mitchell (Caroline, Or Change) as Raymond, Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder) as Frank, Scarlett Strallen (She Loves Me) as Cathy and Rebecca Thornhill (Matilda the Musical) as Eleanor.

Scarlett Strallen in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Melanie La Barrie in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Scarlett Strallen and Ako Mitchell in
Cory English and Tiffany Graves in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Bryce Pinkham and Scarlett Strallen in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Bryce Pinkham and Scarlett Strallen in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Bryce Pinkham and Cory English in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan
Aimee Hodnett, Rebecca Thornhill and Tiffany Graves in Far From Heaven © Danny Kaan

#50Days is a new original grime musical created and written by Thabo Stuck that discourses British history through the lens of underrepresented groups today. The musical is directed by Ajjaz Awad-Ibrahim and features musical direction by Amiir Saleem.

#50Days stars Aminita Francis (Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster) as Digby / Prince of Wales, Nadine-Rose Johnson (Frankenstein) as Queen Henrietta, Reuben Joseph (Midsummer) as King Charles, Kyran Mitchell-Nanton (Karma) as Pym, Robert Saunders (Grandpa’s Great Escape Live) as Lillburn / Lucy Haye and Cleve September (Hamilton) as Manchester.

The cast of #50Days © Danny Kaan
Nadine-Rose Johnson and Reuben Johnson in #50Days © Danny Kaan
Nadine-Rose Johnsin, Aminita Francis and Kyran Mitchell-Nanton in #50Days © Danny Kaan
Cleve September in #50Days © Danny Kaan

Upcoming productions in MTFestUK include The Man in the Ceiling, Millennials, HouseFire, Cake, Proud and Tony! (A Tony Blair Rock Opera).

The productions will workshop to live audiences at Turbine Theatre til 29th May, before embarking on a digital UK ‘tour’ from 31st May to 4th July. Tickets are available here.

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