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Cost £18, £16 concessions
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Music & Lyrics by COLE PORTER
Orchestrations & Vocal Arrangements by LARRY MOORE
First produced on Broadway in 1936

If you enjoyed Almost-normal's "4 star" production of Lucky Stiff in February, you should be interested in this rarely seen Cole Porter classic, Jubilee. For the first time in Europe you can fully enjoy the wit and charm of Cole Porter's music and lyrics accompanied by the hilarious book by Moss Hart. Originally opening in 1935, within five years the production arrangements were lost, leaving the show un-produced in over 40 years. After the arrangements were reconstructed in 1985 the show has only ever been performed in concert versions in the UK, most recently in Cardiff in 2002 for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. So it is fitting that, 77 years after first opening, a musical inspired by George V's Silver Jubilee is now receiving its British and European fully-staged performance premiere for Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.

Jubilee takes you on a right-royal 1930's romp through early celebrity culture with parodies and asides of such greats as Nöel Coward, Bing Crosby, Elsa Maxwell and George Gerswhin. The story tells of a fictional royal family who, when an immanent revolution threatens their throne, decide to relinquish their responsibilities and pursue their dreams: the King sets off and meets socialite Eva Standing; the Queen becomes infatuated by the swimmer-come-actor Charles Rausmiller; the Prince pursues singer Karen O'Kane; and the Princess is charmed by playwright, composer and actor Eric Dare. When it becomes clear that the impending uprising is nothing more than a hoax, how do the royals react, do they succumb to duty or continue to pursue passion and freedom….?

The show features such wonderful songs as 'A Picture of Me Without You', 'The Kling-Kling Bird on the Divi-Divi Tree', 'Me & Marie' and the standards, 'Just One of Those Things' and 'Begin the Beguine'.

The original Broadway production garnered the following praise:

"…satire, sentiment and humor in good proportion." New York Times
"…the most satisfying musical comedy produced in an American theatre within the length of trustworthy memories." New York Daily News
Official Review by remotegoat reviewer, read now
People involved
Amy Cookehodgson
Kathleen Culler
Eva Standing
Chris Dobson
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