Fanny & Stella at the Garden Theatre


London theatre news: Monday 20 July 2020


Musicals - Open Air Theatre

After weeks of theatre-less lockdown, the London Fringe bursts back to life on Monday 3 August with a new socially distanced version of acclaimed musical 'Fanny and Stella'.
Fanny & Stella at the Garden Theatre

Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton


The experience of live theatre might just feel like a thing from the dim and distant past ...


But it's about to cautiously edge back into our lives with the imminent arrival of the acclaimed musical Fanny & Stella which will be staged as the premiere production in the Garden Theatre in the recently renovated garden of The Eagle in Kennington Lane.


Suitably for our current circumstances, perhaps, the show tells a historical story.


Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton were young men who, in 1871, were put on trial in London for dressing as women and conspiring to commit sodomy - a criminal offence at the time.


They dressed up as women (and were very good at it) for amateur theatricals, but when the show was over, and sometimes when there wasn't even any show, as 'Fanny and Stella' they would frequent places of entertainment in the West End where men encountered men for sex and male prostitutes plied their trade.


Park and Boulton were acquitted - an amazing victory for the time when sexual acts between men carried a sentence of two years - perhaps it was because one had a father who was a judge, and the other a mother who swayed the court with her tears.


This socially distanced, open-air show is produced by Peter Bull for Lambco Productions and directed by Steven Dexter, with Jed Berry as Ernest Boulton/Stella and Kane Verrall as Frederick William Park/Fanny.

Jed Berry (left) and Kane Verrall - cast of Fanny & Stella

Jed Berry (left) and Kane Verrall


Show listing information


Synopsis


Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton were two young men who, in 1871, were put on trial in London for dressing as women and conspiracy to commit sodomy, a felony at the time.


They dressed up as women (and were very good at it) for amateur theatricals, but when the show was over, and sometimes when there wasn't even any show, as 'Fanny and Stella' they would frequent places of entertainment in the West End where men encountered men for sex and male prostitutes plied their trade.


Park and Boulton were acquitted - an amazing victory for the time when sexual acts between men carried a sentence of two years - perhaps it was because one had a father who was a judge, and the other a mother who swayed the court with her tears.


Upon their acquittal, Park and Boulton - as Fanny and Stella - along with their theatre company, take their story on the road.


They hire a venue for "one night only" to tell their amazing true story of their lives, their trial, and their sensational acquittal.


This is their "tell-all-tale", told for us, right here, no-holds barred, through song, dance and a whole barrel of comedy and fun!


But are they, in an unforgiving age, putting themselves on trial a second time?


Cast


Jed Berry - Ernest Boulton/Stella

Kurt Kansley - Lord Arthur Clinton

Alex Lodge - Louis Charles Hurt

Mark Pearce - Mr Grimes

Joaquin Pedro Valdes - John Safford Fiske

Kane Verrall - Frederick William Park/Fanny


Creatives


Author: Glenn Chandler (book)
Composer: Charles Miller
Lyricist: Glenn Chandler
Director: Steven Dexter
Designer: David Shields
Musical direction: Aaron Clingham
Production: Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions

Venue


Garden Theatre
The Eagle
349 Kennington Lane
London
SE11 5QY

Dates


From: Monday 3 August 2020

Closes: Sunday 23 August 2020

Tickets


Standard: £16.00 + bkng fee


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Links


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Fanny & Stella

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