"It’s hard to see how this production could be improved on. Festive family theatre rarely gets better than this." Nigel Smith for The Stage
Following on from The Mercury Theatre Colchester's fantastic run of Spamalot, Theatre producers Sell a Door Worldwide take the show to Korea for the Daegu International Music Festival. I'm thrilled to be again working with Sell A Door who are no stranger to taking their brand of high quality British theatre around the world. I designed their UK tour of Avenue Q which we took to Hong Kong along with Sessusical The Musical which also visited Hong Kong, the middle east and Singapore. Many of the venues I've visited on these shows have been stunning and Daegu Opera house looks beautiful.
Regrettably I won't make it over to see this production and have left the show in the safe hands of my old friend Andrew Waddell. Andy had taken a little time away from his current project to see this laugh out loud show reach the lovely folk of Daegu along with helping me again on the shows UK tour later in the year.
The Musical's design has had a few tweaks from the original Mercury Theatre production to help with the scale of the venue. Deagu's opera house has a 16 meter proscenium so some extra speakers have ensured both audience and cast get what they need from the productions four strong band, but retains its core features. It's been challenging but fun once again dealing with creating theatre in a different continent with a different culture.
Thanks again to the team at Sell a Door, Richard Darboune Ltd, our sound team Nathan, Joe and Andy along with the local team Red Sound, Digico support and all at the Opera House. Sincerely wishing all of the cast and crew a fantastic run over in Korea.
If you would like to see the show and don't fancy a holiday to Korea do check out the UK tour opening in September.
With a little over a week until our London transfer of Yank into Charring Cross theatre, things are really hotting up in preparation. I've been dotting the I's and crossing the T's on my paperwork whilst our equipment needed for the show in being prepared in the hire shop.
Rehearsals have begun with our shows director James Baker and movement director Chris Cumming making some changes to the Manchester production to ensure the best of this fabulous score and script. I'm excited to be building on the wonderful reviews we received from our Manchester show and can't wait to get into the theatre.
I'm also pleased to again be working with two of my regular collaborators(!) associate Nico Menghini and sound operator Findly Claydon.
If you haven't seen the show, it's a great musical with a thoughtful story performing at Charring Cross until August.