Strike Up The Band

Director Mark Giesser returns to Upstairs at the Gatehouse with George and Ira Gershwin's madcap musical hidden gem.
Strike Up The Band at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Image courtesy Alces Productions


Genre: Musical
Venue: Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Starts: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Closes: Sunday 31 March 2019
Running time:2 hrs 30 mins (inc interval)
Age suitability: Not available

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Director Mark Giesser returns to Upstairs at the Gatehouse with George and Ira Gershwin's madcap musical hidden gem Strike Up The Band, written with George S. Kaufman in 1927.

While the original script was rewritten by Morrie Ryskind in 1930, this production presents the original, with the dark satire on America's war-mongering over a trade deal re-established.

Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.


In 1927, Horace J. Fletcher is a typical self-made American businessman.

His cheese factory dominates the market, he influences the White House, and he's secured his business future by agreeing to marry his daughter, Joan, to his factory manager.

He does have one problem.

Switzerland has the audacity to protest America's heavy new tariff on imported cheese.

Fletcher convinces the US government to declare war, backing it with his bucks.

Jim Townsend, a newspaperman, suspects all may not be wholesome, but he and Joan fall for each other.

Will making the world safe for American cheese be more than just a walk in the Alps?

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Highgate Village
London N6 4BD

Box office tel: 020 8340 3488

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Previews from:Wednesday 6 March 2019

Press night:Friday 8 March 2019

Closes:Sunday 31 March 2019

Performance days & times


Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Sunday - 4-00pm




Tues, Wed, Thurs: £18

Fri, Sat, Sun: £20


Tues, Wed, Thurs: £16

Fri, Sat, Sun: £18

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Author: George S. Kaufman
Composer: George Gershwin
Lyricist: Ira Gershwin
Director: Mark Giesser
Production: Alces Productions

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