A right royal musical comedy!
Christian James (The Commitments, UK Tour; NewsRevue, Canal Café Theatre; Princess Caraboo, Finborough Theatre), Emily Jane Kerr (Tomorrow, Maybe, Union Theatre; What Is Love?, Southwark Playhouse; NewsRevue, Canal Café Theatre), Andrea Miller (Billy Elliot, UK and Ireland Tour; Pass The Porter, The Spa Bridlington; Fables and Fairytales, The Spa Bridlington), Christopher Lyne (Romeo and Juliet, Wilde Theatre; Robin Hood The Pantomime, Peepul Centre; The Hired Man, Union Theatre) and Prince Plockey (Future Voices, Southwark Playhouse; You Forgot The Mince, Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and UK Tour; Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Tristan Bates Theatre) will join Tori Allen-Martin in H.R.Haitch - a hilarious and charming new musical for princesses and paupers alike.
Featuring original music composed by Luke Bateman (Mr. Poppers Penguins) and lyrics written by children's author and Carnegie Medal nominee Maz Evans, this freshly re-imagined full-length production has been commissioned by Iris Theatre’s Workin Process scheme following a highly successful concert version. First written in 2015, this show began as a piece of pure fiction but it now pertinently reflects the current excitement surrounding the royal family and this year’s royal wedding.
Directed by Daniel Winder, H.R.Haitch is a 21st century British satirical production about class, celebrity, patriotism, politics, race and a dash of social values. Set in an East London pub under the threat of closure, H.R.Haitch follows the family of the Dog & Duck as they are thrust into the limelight when their love-struck daughter Chelsea discovers a sudden unexpected connection to the Royal Family.
It’s 2011 and feisty east ender Chelsea’s future is bright. She has a new man and there’s a new progressive Prime Minister to light the days ahead. The media can stick their obsession with the identity of Prince Albert - the secret royal who’s been in hiding for 20 years. However, Bertie has something big to tell Chelsea. He’s down on one knee, but it’s not a ring he has in store… it’s a crown. And Chelsea will soon discover that travelling from Barking to Buckingham Palace takes more than a topped-up Oyster Card…
Daniel Winder comments, H.R.Haitch is a timely musical - we commissioned Luke and Maz in 2015 to write this show, never imagining that we’d so quickly see a royal marrying someone who didn’t fit the traditional rich, white, British mould. While this most definitely isn’t a show about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, we’re delighted the Union has let us put the show on to coincide with their wedding. We’re thrilled to have Tori Allen-Martin back in the role of Chelsea, alongside a team of young and veteran actors - including our prince-in-hiding Christian, who will make the perfect hapless royal.
Union Theatre, 204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX
Wednesday 9th May – Saturday 2nd June 2018
Press Night: Monday 14th May 2018, 7:30pm
Age recommendation 13+
How to get there The nearest underground stations are Southwark (on the Jubilee line) or London Bridge (on the Jubilee line and Northern line). The nearest rail station is Waterloo or London Bridge. Parking is available on Union Street after 6.30pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
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Box Office Tickets are available from the Union Theatre Box Office and www.uniontheatre.biz or 020 7261 9876 priced £15 - £22.50.
Book and Lyrics Maz Evans
Music by Luke Bateman
Director Daniel Winder
Producer Shrapnel Theatre and Iris Theatre
Choreographer Lily Howkins
Musical Director Oli Rew
Set Design Justin Williams and Jonny Rust
Lighting Designer Ben Jacobs
Production Manager Ben O’Grady
Stage Manager Lorrell Rawlins
Chelsea Tori Allen-Martin
Bertie Christian James
Victoria Emily Jane Kerr
Vera/Queen Mary Andrea Miller
Brian/Prince Richard Christopher Lyne
Vernon/Nathan Prince Plockey