Oli Sones and Sally Humphreys Productions and Jason Haigh-Ellery present
Music by Christopher Ash, Book and lyrics by Carl Miller
★★★★ ‘A fantastically witty, mischievous and camp musical. Wasted manages to be a lot of fun and gives the Brontë legend a mischievous new spin.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Inspired. It’s delightful to see the formal boundaries of the genre given such a joyously energetic workout and heralds rich creative times to come.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘This grittily exhilarating show is essential viewing if you’re interested in the future of the British musical.’ Whatsonstage
★★★★ ‘An anthem of independence and creativity.’ Broadway World
★★★★ ‘A thrilling energy… certainly not an evening wasted.’ The Reviews Hub
★★★★ ‘Wasted will soar to Wuthering Heights.’ The Sun
★★★★★ ‘An inspiring new rock musical.’ Daily Mirror
Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill-health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.
Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero – Off-West End Award for New Musical), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?
This is the Brontës as you’ve never seen them before.
Please note that this production contains flashing lights and strobe effects, loud noises, strong language, and haze.
Book and Lyrics
Set & Costume Design
Natasha J. Barnes
Matthew Jacobs Morgan
Wednesday September 26th
This performance will be captioned using The Difference Engine. This is an app available on Android and iOS phones which will allow patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing to follow along with the show’s script.
We have allocated a section of the middle bank of seating for those wishing to use this service, and seats can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 24th September
Ever wanted to learn about how new musicals are developed and what kind of reception they get? Now’s your chance!
After the show on the 24th Sept there will be a Q&A chaired by Mark Shenton, with producers Oli Sones and Sally Wood, director Adam Lenson, Executive Director of Mercury Musical Development Victoria Saxton.