Bravo to the Playground Theatre for featuring two musicals in the venue’s first full autumn season, running from October 2018 to January 2019: the world premiere of Matt Board and Reina Hardy’s Fanatical the Musical and a jolly Christmas revival of Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer’s musical comedy Once Upon a Mattress.
Matt Board’s and Reina Hardy’s Fanatical the Musical (7 November to 9 December 2018 – press night is 14 November) is directed by Grace Taylor. In a distant
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Mary Rodgers’ and Marshall Barer’s Once Upon a Mattress (18 December 2018 to 19 January 2019 – press night is 20 December) is directed by Alex Pearson and Grace Wessels. Once Upon A Mattress is a modern-day family musical based on the story of The Princess and the Pea.
Winnifred, better known as Fred, is not your average princess – she’s loud, independent and knows her own mind. But for her to marry Prince Dauntless, she must prove to his overprotective mother, Queen Aggravain, that she is indeed a true princess in an impossible test.
With music by Rodgers, lyrics by Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer, Once Upon A Mattress takes place against the colourful backdrop of Fred’s beloved’s castle and is set to an upbeat jazzy score.