The ambitious and go-ahead Immersion Theatre Company is branching out into musicals. It will be touring the UK in 2017 with a revival of the 2003 Madness musical, Our House, starring Linda Nolan, it was announced this morning.
Tim Firth’s Olivier Award-winning show, which features hits like It Must Be Love, House of Fun and Baggy Trousers, will tour from August until November
The revival will be produced by Immersion Theatre Company, which has just completed a hugely successful national tour of Journeys End, and Damien Tracey Productions.
Firth, who has also written Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots, said: “Madness are unique in that they wrote songs about home and hearth, about growing up, never growing up, having and not having, rising and falling.
“They came from London but they spoke to every corner of the nation, and they certainly spoke to me, growing up in the North West.
“All this they did under cover of songs that fooled you into thinking they were just catchy, danceable and funny. This quality is, for me, at the heart of what musical theatre should aim to be.
“In a sense, Madness started writing a musical 25 years ago. It was colourful, truthful, vibrant, witty and universal. It was just up to me to find it.”
On the night of his 16th birthday, Joe Casey takes the girl of his dreams, Sarah, out on their first date. In an
effort to impress her with bravado, Joe breaks into a building site overlooking his home on Casey Street.
When the police turn up, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart as the story splits in two: one which sees Joe stay to face the music, and the other which sees him flee and leave Sarah to run from the police.
As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.
Linda Nolan said: “I couldn’t be happier about playing Kath Casey in Our House. I’ve always loved Madness’s music. It spreads warmth throughout the soul, and finds joy in the everyday and ordinary. It’s a perfect partner to Tim’s wonderfully madcap story of love and locals.”
Actress and singer Linda Nolan has starred as Mrs Johnstone in the award winning musical Blood Brothers both on tour in the UK and in London’s West End. She is also part of the family act, The Nolans.
Our House was first staged at the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End in 2002 and won the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
This tour will be directed by Immersion Theatre’s James Tobias and choreographed by Fabian Aloise, the resident choreographer of Matilda The Musical,
2017 Tour Dates
August 10-12, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe
August 22-26, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
August 29-September 2, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare
September 5-9, Embassy Theatre, Skegness
September 11-16, Festival Theatre, Malvern
October 3-7, Swansea Grand Theatre
October 9-14, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
October 16-21, The Spa, Bridlington
October 24-28, Churchill Theatre, Bromley
October 30-November 4, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth
November 8-11, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
November 20-25, Wycombe Swan.