FOLLOWING two incredibly successful runs at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Liverpool born production Shout! The Mod Musical is heading to Liverpool’s newly refurbished Royal Court Theatre next month. Recent LIPA graduate, Max Emmerson is bringing his 5 star 60s musical to the Liverpool venue for a two and a half week run opening on May 20th 2016.
The show racked up six 5 star reviews while in Edinburgh and the Royal Court were keen to bring Shout! home.
Shout! takes the audience back to the heady days of the swinging 60s and celebrates the music, dance and fashion of those psychedelic flower-power days of love and peace. Max Emmerson has re-created George and Lowenstein’s non-stop party atmosphere but also their story of five women who face the challenges of growing up and changing over the decades.
The show includes chart-topping hits from 60s greats like Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Lulu and Cilla Black.
Royal Court Chief Executive Kevin Fearon said, “We saw the show at LIPA last year and we were keen to see how it developed in Edinburgh. We were confident enough in the cast and creatives that we made a small investment in the show’s Edinburgh run and now we want to show it off to Liverpool audiences. I think that this is going to be a real hit!”
Shout! features a cast of 6 LIPA acting graduates, as well as other LIPA graduates forming the band, creative and technical teams. Filling the role as The Voice of Shout! is Liverpool acting and comedy legend Michael Starke – best known for playing Sinbad in Brookside. Not only that but Michael’s daughter, Hayley Hampson – who starred in the Royal Court’s Christmas show, Pharaoh ’Cross The Mersey, and the current production of The Golden Oldies – plays one of the girls in the show.
The other confirmed cast are: Emily Chesterton, Sarah Folwell, Miriam O’Brien, Evangeline Pickerill and Katie Tyler. Francesca Goodridge will Direct, Simeon Scheuber is the Musical Supervisor and Andrew McKay is Choreographer.
Since the passing of the late Cilla Black, Hayley says she is honoured to sing ‘You Are My World’: “Cilla is a Liverpool icon and someone who really shaped the face and sound of the 60s, performing her song in the show is our tribute to such an inspiring lady and her incredible career”.
Max Emmerson said: “We had the Fringe audiences laughing, crying and even dancing in the aisles, and we can’t wait to bring such a feel good 60s show to Liverpool”.