Moby Dick the musical

The New Union Theatre | Wednesday 12th October – Saturday 12th November 2016

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Moby Dick! The Musical

Not seen in the UK since 1992, saucy cult hit Moby Dick! The Musical is back. Originally
produced by Cameron Mackintosh, Moby Dick! The Musical has a book by Robert Longden and music and lyrics by Longden and Hereward Kaye.


The anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley’s Academy for Young Ladies are in trouble! Money
for the school has run out and it’s threatened with closure. Determined to save their school
from bankruptcy, the resourceful girls, and their unflappable headmistress come up with a plan
to keep the school afloat. Using whatever they can find, the girls mount an original production
as a fundraiser – a musical version of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick, featuring their
own headmistress in the coveted role of Captain Ahab.

When I first put on Robert Longdon and Hereward Kaye’s irrepressible version of ‘Moby Dick! The Musical’ 25 years ago, London had virtually no Off West End theatres and the outrageous joy of shows like ‘The Producers’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’
were still decades away. An unlikely alliance between Melville’s great novel and the immortal St Trinian’s girls, ‘Moby Dick!’ is truly a whale of a tale. I’m really delighted that Andrew Wright saw the show as a student in Oxford and has taken up his harpoon to bring Moby roaring back to the New Union Theatre with a wonderful diverse young cast of school ‘girls’ to holler ‘Thar She Blows’! – Cameron Mackintosh.

This brand new production, staged for the show’s 25th Anniversary, is directed and
choreographed by double Olivier Award nominee.Andrew Wright.

I am very excited to bring ‘Moby Dick! The Musical’ back to London after 25 years. I saw the original production at the Oxford Fire Station in 1991 and fell in love with its anarchic charm and sheer exuberance. The New Union Theatre is the perfect venue to unleash the girls of St Godley’s version of this classic tale. 25 years on, the piece feels more relevant than ever and after waiting all that time it will hopefully be the dick you’ve been waiting for! Andrew Wright – Director


Director and Choreographer Andrew Wright is reunited with Producer Amy Anzel after their
2014 UK tour of Happy Days – A New Musical, which featured on Channel 4’s The Sound of


This show is all about having fun and getting involved. Audience members who come in school
uniform will get front row onstage seats and play a part in St Godley’s version of Moby Dick.


Cast : tbc




Director/Choreographer : Andrew Wright (half a Sixpence, Cinderella)
Musical Director : Lee Freeman
Set Designer : Anna Kelsey
Costume Designer : Ryan Walklett (Appeared on Great British Sewing Bee 2015)
Lighting Designer : Tim Deiling
Sound Designer : James Nicholson
Producers : Amy Anzel in association with Matt Chisling
Casting Director : Adam Braham

Booking Information | Moby Dick

The New Union Theatre,
204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
Wednesday 12th October – Saturday 12th November 2016
Tuesday to Sunday, 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2.30pm
Running time tbc
Tickets start at £15

Box Office telephone : 020 7261 9876
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