The Biograph Girl


A joyous musical celebration of Hollywood's glorious era of silent film - beginning in 1912 when disreputable "flickers" are shown in fleapits and no self-respecting actor will appear in them, and ending in 1927 with movies now.
The Biograph Girl at Finborough Theatre

Image: Finborough Theatre


Overview


Genre: Musical
Venue: Finborough Theatre
Started: Tuesday 22 May 2018
Closed: Saturday 9 June 2018
Running time:2 hrs 00 mins
Age suitability: Not available

Background


The libretto has been especially revised for this production by its original co-writer Warner Brown and includes - for the very first time - the reintroduction of songs cut from the West End premiere production.


The Biograph Girl received its West End premiere at the Phoenix Theatre in 1980, directed by Victor Spinetti, with Lillian Gish in the audience.


This production is directed by Jenny Eastop who returns to the Finborough Theatre following her production of Mr Gillie for which she received an OffWestEnd nomination for Best Director.


Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.


Synopsis


"You laugh at your flickers, Miss Gish.


But you wouldn't laugh at the Mona Lisa.


The Mona Lisa's art.


My pictures are a new kind of art.


Maybe more important."


Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre as part of their acclaimed 'Celebrating British Music Theatre' series, the first professional UK production since its 1980 premiere, The Biograph Girl by Warner Brown and David Heneker.


From the composer of Half A Sixpence, a joyous musical celebration of Hollywood's glorious era of silent film - beginning in 1912 when disreputable "flickers" are shown in fleapits and no self-respecting actor will appear in them, and ending in 1927 with movies now a glamorous, multi-million dollar industry and the first talking pictures signal the doom of silent films.


In a breath taking sweep of just fifteen years, the great innovative directors created filmmaking as we know it today, ground breaking movie moguls laid the foundations of the entertainment industry, and trail blazing actors launched the Hollywood star system.


Weaving together the heartbreaks and triumphs of the flawed genius director D. W. Griffith and the first movie stars Lilian Gish and Mary Pickford, The Biograph Girl is a love letter to the stardust and scandals of the silent movie era.


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Theatre


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Box office tel: 0844 847 1652

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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 22 May 2018

Closes:Saturday 9 June 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Intervals:1

Matinee:

Saturday - 3-00pm (from 2 June 2018)

Sunday - 3-00pm


Intervals:1

Tickets


Previews:
£14

Standard:

Until 27 May 2018

£18

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.


From 29 May 2018

£20

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.


Concessions:

Until 27 May 2018

£16


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.


£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 26 May 2018 when booked online only.


From 29 May 2018

£18


Cast


Matthew Cavendish

Lauren Chinery

Joshua C. Jackson

Emily Langham

Jonathan Leinmuller

Sophie Linder-Lee

Jason Morell

Charlie Ryall

Nova Skipp


Creatives


Author: Warner Brown
Composer: David Heneker
Lyricist: David Heneker and Warner Brown
Director: Jenny Eastop
Designer: Anna Yates
Musical direction: Harry Haden-Brown
Choreography: Holly Hughes
Lighting: Ali Hunter
Production: Mercurius in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

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