New British musical Midnight strikes at the Union in Sep. Who’s in the cast?

30 Aug
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Midnight at the Union

New British musical thriller MIDNIGHT, written by Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe, is based on an Azerbaijani story about life in the Soviet Union in the 1930s at the height of Stalin's Great Terror. See who's in the seven-strong cast of actor-musicians bringing it to the Union Theatre this September...

Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe’s new musical MIDNIGHT, based on Azerbaijani writer Elchin’s play Citizens of Hell, is brought to life as a new musical for the first time. The Debunk Theatre premiere production, directed by Kate Golledge, runs at London's Union Theatre from 5 to 29 September 2018, with a press night on 11 September. Full casting is now announced.

New Year’s Eve, 1937. Welcome to Baku, Azerbaijan, part of the Communist state of the Soviet Union. As the clock ticks towards midnight, a couple nervously raise their glasses to an uncertain future. The past 12 months have been the darkest of the Great Terror years, when the paranoid dictator Joseph Stalin unleashed wave upon wave of arrests and executions of ordinary citizens.

And then comes the dreaded knock on the door as a chilling visitor invites himself in. Is he from the ruthless secret police? Or is he something even more mysterious and terrifying? Old secrets emerge, time is suspended and the couple are tested to breaking point – and beyond.

Colin Burnicle (Elf the Musical, Theatre Royal Plymouth & The Lowry) and Norma Butikofer (Retreat, Little Pieces of Gold, Southwark Playhouse) play the couple with Leon Scott (Treasure Island, New Vic Theatre; Romeo & Juliet and Othello, Shakespeare’s Globe) as the Visitor. They're joined by an actor-musician ensemble: Ashley Daniels, Melania Maggiore, Tilly-Mae Millbrook and Luke Thornton.

MIDNIGHT has musical direction by Harry Haden-Brown, choreography by Chris Cuming, design by Elliott Squire, and lighting by Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson. It's commissioned and produced by Sanan Aliyev for Debunk Theatre.

Faves founder Terri Paddock will chair a post-show Q&A with the MIDNIGHT creatives and company on 20 September 2018 at the Union Theatre. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!