Madness inspired musical Our House to visit Theatre Royal

Our House musical
Our House musical

Inspired by the music of Madness, the Olivier Award winning musical Our House visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Monday November 4 until Saturday November 9.

The musical follows Joe Casey who is celebrating his 16th birthday and he’s treating his girlfriend Sarah to an evening in a brand new luxury apartment.

There’s just one problem; he has to break in. When the police turn up Joe has to decide – run away, or face the music – a choice that will change the course of his life, and his love, forever.

Written by Tim Firth, this raucous musical comedy is an uplifting tale of life and love, heartbreak and hilarity set in London’s famous Camden Town in the mid-80’s, and featuring the greatest hits from the mighty Madness back catalogue including Our House, Baggy Trousers, My Girl, Driving in My Car, The Wings of a Dove, Night Boat to Cairo and the all-time classic It Must Be Love.

The actor-musician cast features Alexis Gerred as Joe Casey, Daniella Bowen as Sarah, Sean Needham as Joe’s Dad, Rebecca Bainbridge as Kath Casey, Alex Spinney as Lewis, James Haggie as Emmo, Dominique Planter as Angie, Lloyd Gorman as Reecey and Steve Dorsett as Mr Pressman.

The cast also includes Edward Handoll, Dan McGowan, Sophie Byrne and Nicole Bryan, with additional musicians Joey Hickman, Al Twist and Adam Longstaff.

Alexis Gerred’s West End credits include Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre and Dirty White Boy in Dirty White Boy: Tales of Soho at Trafalgar Studios.

Alexis also came second in the BBC’s Eurovision talent search Your Country Needs You.

Daniella Bowen’s recent stage work includes Janey in Taboo at Brixton Clubhouse, understudy Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet at the Noel Coward Theatre, Laura in Dreamboats and Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre and understudy Sally Bowles in the UK Tour of Cabaret. Sean Needham’s recent West End credits include covering the roles of Bill, Sam and Harry in Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Wizard and Dr. Dillamond in Wicked at the Apollo

Victoria Theatre and Norman Petty in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story at the Duchess Theatre. Rebecca Bainbridge most recently understudied the role of Tanya in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre. Other stage credits include Nurse Flinn in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at Leicester Curve, understudy Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Lyric Theatre and Des’ree in the

UK Tour of Tonight’s The Night.

Alex Spinney makes his professional debut in Our House having recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

James Haggie has appeared as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Birmingham Rep and New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Joe in the UK Tour of Fame and in The Taming of the Shrew, Aladdin, Robin Hood and Cinderella at Clwyd Theatre Cymru.

Dominique Planter joins the cast of Our House having recently graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth.

Lloyd Gorman has recently appeared in Faust at Greenwich Theatre, Saturday Night at the Arts Theatre, and in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Sweeney Todd, Romeo and Juliet and David Copperfield at the Bolton Octagon Theatre.

Steve Dorsett’s stage credits include Soul Man at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and The Big

Bopper in the UK Tour of Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story.

Madness are one of the most successful British bands of the last five decades, having released ten studio albums, three live albums and nine compilation albums since their formation in 1976.

In the 1980’s Madness spent 214 weeks in the UK singles charts, sharing the record with UB40 for the most weeks spent by a group in the UK Singles Charts throughout the decade.

More recently Madness have given several iconic performances; at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert from the roof of Buckingham Palace, at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games, and outside the BBC Television Centre in a live broadcast for BBC Four to mark the closure of the building.

Over 30 years after its release, Madness are still perhaps best known for their international hit Our House, which won an Ivor Novello Award.

Tim Firth’s work includes the record-breaking film Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which he later adapted for the stage, and the 2005 film Kinky Boots, now a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical.

To book tickets call 0844 871 7650, or visit www.atgtickets.com/brighton*

Tickets £10 - £27.