Bugsy Malone re-opened the Lyric Hammersmith in April 2015 following a multi-million pound redevelopment and the creation of the Reuben Foundation Wing. It was the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade. By popular demand, it returns in summer 2016.
Bugsy Malone is set in Prohibition era New York with rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan at logger heads. As custard pies fly and Dan’s destructive 'splurge guns' wreak havoc, Bugsy Malone, a penniless ex-boxer and all round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown, an aspiring singer. Will Bugsy be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah, Fat Sam's moll and Bugsy's old flame, and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam to defend his business?
Script: Alan Parker
Words & music: Paul Williams
Director: Sean Holmes
Choreographer: Drew McOnie
Designer: Jon Bausor
Musical director: Phil Bateman
Lighting designer: James Farncombe
Sound designer: Ben Harrison
Sean Holmes is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith and most recently directed Bugsy Malone. He also directed four shows as part of the theatre’s two-year programme of Secret Theatre. In 2010 he revived Sarah Kane’s Blasted at the Lyric and the production was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. His theatre credits whilst at the Lyric include: A Series Of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saved, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians. Sean was Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has worked for the National Theatre and RSC, as well as the Royal Court, Donmar, Tricycle, Chichester Festival Theatre and Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 2016 Sean will be directing Simon Stephens’ Herons and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Lyric and Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Sir Alan Parker was awarded a CBE in 1995 and received a knighthood in 2002. In 2013 he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contribution to the British film industry. His films have won nineteen BAFTA awards, ten Golden Globes and ten Academy Awards. His credits include Bugsy Malone (1976), Fame (1980), Mississippi Burning (1988), The Commitments (1991), Evita (1996), Angela’s Ashes (1999) and The Life of David Gale (2003).
Paul Williams is a songwriter, performer, actor and author. As a lyricist and composer he has received six Oscar, nine Grammy, six Golden Globe and two Emmy nominations and won an Oscar, three Grammys, and two Golden Globes. He is widely known as an actor in dozens of films and on television but he is best known for his lyrics and music. He wrote the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s Happy Days, The Muppet Movie’s The Rainbow Connection and Evergreen from A Star is Born. Additional song scores include Phantom of the Paradise, Ishtar, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Bugsy Malone and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas.