The Royal Court’s Christmas shows. Made Up bleddy loves ’em. And this year, the venue has already announced an extension to its run. Good to hear it!
The venue says it’s “delighted” to announce a two week extension to Little Scouse On The Prairie by regular festive playwright Fred Lawless. The show, which starts on November 25 was originally scheduled to close on January 7, but will now run until January 21. After the success of last year’s Scouse Pacific, it’s hardly a surprise.
Tickets for the added weeks will be available from 10am today (Wednesday November 2).
Chief executive Kevin Fearon said: “When we scheduled the show we left room for an extension if it was selling well once the show began, but audience demand has forced our hand.”
Writer Fred Lawless said: “Rehearsals are going really well and I can promise that there will be loads of laughs and plenty of great songs. If the audience enjoy themselves half as much as the cast do then we are on to a winner!”
The full cast from last year’s Scouse Pacific are back on board: Paul Duckworth, Steven Fletcher, Lindzi Germain, Rachel Rae, Andrew Schofield and Alan Stocks, plus dancing nuns, we’re assured. The backstage team are back together again, including director Bob Eaton at the helm and musical director Howard Gray.
The gang from last year’s island of Secosu are back — but this time they have wound up in the Wild West. Donna Marie (Rae) is very lost after a magical trip on a Lambanana that leaves her high and dry in a saloon bar, and Bad Bart is in town with menace on his mind. Throw in a retired gunslinger and a barnload of homebrew and we’ve got a show, apparently. Ooer!
Will the town be saved by the new sheriff who is quick on the draw? Will the French dancing girls lead the poor Shaolin Priest astray? Will we get through the show without making a filthy joke about bucking broncos? Bleedin’ ‘ell, Lawless!