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Oxford Playhouse to host performances of Bugsy Malone

Byoxfordnewspaper

Aug 2, 2022

Family-favourite musical Bugsy Malone will hit the stage in Oxford next month, as the show heads out on its first-ever professional UK tour.

Alan Parker’s world-famous musical, based on the 1976 hit movie, will play at Oxford Playhouse from September 20 to 24 during its tour around the country.

Set in the prohibition era, Bugsy Malone is packed with instantly recognisable songs from Oscar-winner Paul Williams, including Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, My Name is Tallulah, Tomorrow, Bad Guys, So You Wanna Be A Boxer, I’m Feeling Fine and You Give A Little Love.

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This acclaimed Lyric Hammersmith production of Bugsy Malone, directed by Sean Holmes, has been restaged for new audiences.

The show is set in New York, a city full of mobsters, showgirls and dreamers.

Rival gangster bosses Fat Sam and Dandy Dan are at loggerheads.

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The custard pies are flying and Dandy Dan's gang has gotten the upper hand since obtaining the new-fangled ‘splurge’ gun. Now, Fat Sam and his bumbling buffoons are in real trouble.

Enter Bugsy Malone, a penniless one-time boxer and all-round nice guy, thrust not-so-willingly into the gangster limelight when he becomes the last resort for Fat Sam's hapless hoodlums.

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All Bugsy really wants to do is spend time with his new love, Blousey, but that just isn't on the cards for our hero.

Will Bugsy be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah, Fat Sam’s moll and Bugsy’s old flame, and stay out of trouble long enough to help Fat Sam to defend his business…?

The lead roles will be performed by three young casts of seven in rotation.

Bugsy Malone will be played by Shaun Sharma, Gabriel Payne and Amar Blackman, Blousey Brown by Mia Lakha, Delilah Bennett-Cardy and Avive Williams, Fat Sam by Albie Snelson, Isham Sankoh and Charlie Burns, Tallulah by Taziva-Faye Katsande, Jasmine Sakyiama and Fayth Ifil, Fizzy by Aidan Oti and Jamie Northey-Dennis, Lena/Babyface by Cherry Mitra, Kayla-Mai Alvares and Ava Hope Smith and Dandy Dan by Rayhaan Kufuor-Gray, Kit Cranston and Desmond Cole.

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The youngsters are joined by an adult ensemble cast comprised of Georgia Pemberton, Alisha Capon, Lucy Young, D’Mia Lindsay Walker, Jessica Daugrida, Alicia Ally, Alicia Belgarde, Esme Bacalla-Hayes, Luchia Moss, Kalifa Burton, Rory Fraser, Andile Mabhena, Thomas Walton, Ru Fisher, Mohamed Bangura, Marcus Billany, Luke Mills and Will Lucas.

The show is directed by Sean Holmes, choreographed by Drew McOnie and Designed by Jon Bausor.

Tickets for Bugsy Malone at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available to purchase in person from the Box Office on Beaumont Street, by calling the Box Office team on 01865 305 305, or online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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This story was written by Sophie Perry. She joined the team in 2021 as a digital reporter.

You can get in touch with her by emailing: sophie.perry@newsquest.co.uk

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