Fanny & Stella opens tonight


London theatre news: Tuesday 11 August 2020


Musicals - Open Air Theatre

Fanny and Stella - the first London fringe musical since lockdown in March opens tonight at the Garden Theatre in Vauxhall.
Fanny & Stella at the Garden Theatre

Ernest Park and Frederick Boulton


It's been a long time coming ... but tonight we're getting back into something like theatrical normality with the resurgence of London press nights!


And first out of the blocks is opening night for Fanny & Stella - the first London fringe production since theatres closed due to the coronavirus outbreak - which has its press performances this evening.


This new socially distanced, open-air production is the premiere production at The Garden Theatre in the newly refurbished beer garden of The Eagle in Kennington Lane, Vauxhall.


The show has already been playing since 3 August and will continue to the 25th.


Fanny And Stella is directed by Steven Dexter and produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions.


Here are some production shots from the show ...


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Kane Verrall (Fanny) and Jed Berry (Stella) in Fanny & Stella
Kane Verrall (Fanny) and Jed Berry (Stella) - photo by Joseph Thomas
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Fanny & Stella - The Company
Fanny & Stella - The Company - photo by Alex Hinson
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Kurt Kansley as Lord Arthur Clinton in Fanny & Stella
Kurt Kansley as Lord Arthur Clinton - photo by Alex Hinson
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Mark Pearce as The Judge in Fanny & Stella
Mark Pearce as The Judge - photo by Alex Hinson
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Mark Pearce and Joaquin Pedro Valdes in Fanny & Stella
Mark Pearce and Joaquin Pedro Valdes - photo by Alex Hinson
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Jed Berry (Stella) and Kane Verrall (Fanny) in Fanny & Stella
Jed Berry (Stella) and Kane Verrall (Fanny) - photo by Alex Hinson


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

Closed: Friday 4 September 2020

Tickets


Standard: £16.00 + bkng fee


Links


Show website
ActDrop full listing for Fanny & Stella

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