Piccadilly Theatre
Denman Street W1D 7DY
Grease
Piccadilly theatre 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Piccadilly Theatre photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 25th July 07
Opens 8th Aug 07
Closes 30th Apr 11
Show Times
Monday - Thursday 7.30 pm
Friday 5.30 & 8.30 pm
Saturday 3.00 & 7.30 pm

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Background

Grease began as a mission for its creators Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey who's journey to Broadway included threatening to sue the Tony nominations team because the theatre was strictly 2 blocks away from 'Broadway'. The success was sporadic but in the end enough people hankered after uninhibited rock and roll to go for the music.

Then John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in the film of the show and their performances carried Grease to higher levels altogether. The Mirror dubbed it a "period piece - a pastiche of the 1950s" - hence the 50's was transformed from a boring and rather horrible little era for teenagers - to being even nostalgic. Travolta made decent meal in his personal characterisation from what would be and remain a packet of saltless crisps.

"Grease doesn't have a message ... it gives a flavour of being a teenager in the 50s when rock'n'roll and putting Grease on your hair were the most important things in life and this is the level that we should take it on.”
David Gilmore (director)

To the extent that this was the case - the fifties was one good reason for insurrection from the grey normality of post war repression. As a show it was made about America where teenagers dress and act en masse so the swirly dresses and leather jackets do make an attractive spectacle.

The new production of Grease, which incorporated all the hit songs from the movie, opened at the Dominion Theatre where it had a record run. The hit songs from the movie, being performed live are what give the show it's life and energy.

The story

Teenage love and peer stardom through gossip and playground politics. And don't we all love the same story told again and again? Yes we do. (only the Teletubbies openly admit it).

Cast

  • Matthew Goodgame - Danny
  • Lauren Samuels - Sandy (to 22 Jan 2011)
  • Jamie Capewell - Kenickie
  • Siubhan Harrison - Rizzo
  • Lucas Rush - Roger
  • Hayley Gallivan - Jan
  • Michael Vinsen - Eugene
  • Susannah Allman - Patty
  • Kerry Winter - Miss Lynch
  • Stephanie Powell - Cha Cha
  • Giovanni Spano - Doody
  • Faye Brookes - Frenchy
  • Bennett Andrews -Sonny
  • Robyn Mellor -Marty

  • Director - David Gilmore
  • Choreography - Arlene Phillips
  • Set - Terry Parsons
  • Costume - Andreane Neofitou
  • Music - Larry Wilcox / Chris Egan / Mike Dixon / Bobby Aitken
  • Lighting - Mark Henderson
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