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Neil Marcus with Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for The Booking Office and Michael Peavoy Productions presents

The A-Zof Mrs P

Book by Diane Samuels
Music & Lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert
A musical fable inspired by the autobiographies of Phyllis Pearsall

21 February - 29 March 2014

Show Starts 8pm
Matinee Starts 3.30pm Saturdays | 2.30pm Thursdays 13, 20, 27 Mar
Running Time 140 minutes including interval
Price £22 | £18 concessions (£12 preview performances)

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‘There’s a real heart to the production, particularly in its tender portrait of Pearsall, whom Isy Suttie invests with a stunning blend of the gauche and sincere, the knowing and the vulnerable.’
Mark Shenton, The Stage

‘Herbert’s character-driven score is accomplished — melodious (particularly the lilting and already award-winning Lovely London Town), articulate and fun’
Donald Hutera, The Times

‘Isy Suttie has real charm – as does the whole show.’
The Independent

For anyone who has ever searched to find their way, here is a re-telling of the myth and even more remarkable reality behind the handy, all-purpose, pocket-sized A-Z Street Guide of 23,000 streets (with house numbers).

In 1936, Phyllis Pearsall left her husband in Venice and came to find her way in London. Then she received a telegram from her father, map publisher Alexander Gross.

And here begins the story of how an eccentric Bohemian artist put down her paints and picked up the drawing board to follow in her beloved and impossible father’s footsteps to map an entire city. Follow their different journeys as they intersect and diverge through the thoroughfares and alleyways of London, scaling new heights, seizing opportunities, to build an iconic business midst the tangled labyrinths of a troubled family saga.

Starring Isy Suttie (Peep Show / Shameless) as the pioneering Mrs P, Tony Award-winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Pippin, Piaf) as her mother, joint Olivier Award-winner Michael Matus (Martin Guerre, The Sound of Music) as Phyllis’ father, the map publisher Alexander (Sandor) Gross and Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Shrek) as Phyllis’ brother Tony Gross. Both award-winners in their own right, singer/composer Gwyneth Herbert (The Sea Cabinet) and playwright/author Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) have joined forces to make their own journey exploring the trail left by Phyllis’ footsteps to relate in words, music and song the moving story of how she embraced a city and faced her mentor and nemesis to find her own feet. Director Sam Buntrock received an Olivier Award nomination for his West End revival of Sunday In The Park With George at Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndham’s Theatre. The production transferred to Broadway at Studio 54 garnering further nominations at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards.

Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.

There will be a captioned performance by Stagetext on Wednesday 26 March – tickets can be booked via all usual methods.


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Cast and Creative

Creative Team

Conceived by
Neil Marcus

Director
Sam Buntrock

Musical Staging
Nick Winston

Musical Director
Steve Ridley

Orchestrations
Sarah Travis & Gwyneth Herbert

Set Design
Klara Zieglerova

Costume Design
Philippa Batt

Lighting Design
David Howe

Sound Design
Andrew Johnson

London Sculpture
Su Blackwell

Cast


Ian Caddick
Sarah Earnshaw
Max Gallagher
Stuart Matthew Price
Sidney Livingstone
Michael Matus
Frances Ruffelle
Dawn Sievewright
Isy Suttie

The A-Zof Mrs P

21 February - 29 March 2014