Dead cert for success. Lucky Stiff brings music & laughs to Drayton Arms Theatre


When the chips are down it’s always a worth betting that London-based producers MKEC will gamble on a sure-fired winner.

The company’s latest production, Lucky Stiff, opens at Kensington’s Drayton Arms Theatre this week and the musical is based on Michael Butterworth’s novel, The Man Who Broke The Bank at Monte Carlo.

Something funny’s going on…There’s a mysterious murder, a case of mistaken identities and a corpse in a wheelchair. Lucky Stiff could leave you dying of laughter.

When Harry’s uncle is murdered, his dull life is about to be turned upside down with an inheritance of $6million. There’s just one catch – he must first take his uncle’s embalmed body to Monte Carlo for one final trip of a lifetime.

Suddenly he’s propelled into a chaotic world of casinos, jilted lovers and a hunt for lost diamonds. But if Harry fails in passing off Uncle Tony as alive, the cash goes to the Universal Dogs home of Brooklyn, and they’re keeping a very close eye on him.

A hilarious and off-beat musical farce, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, Lucky Stiff combines witty lyrics and a tuneful score from the Tony Award-winners with an ensemble of zany characters and fast-paced comedy.

The production follows MKEC’s acclaimed staging of The Baker’s Wife at the Drayton Arms and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the White Bear.

Producer Elizabeth Chadwick said: “The nature of Lucky Stiff, with its multi-rolling cast, means it’s the perfect show for fringe venues. It allows us to demonstrate the versatility of our actors through the fast-paced humour and witty lyrics of Flaherty and Ahrens.

“It’s a fabulously funny musical and MKEC Productions are thrilled to be producing it.”

This hilarious murder mystery musical opens at the Drayton Arms Theatre on Thursday and runs until May 14.

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