Puberty & Perestroika. Key notes on The End of History musical at Tristan Bates

Iain Hollingshead and Timothy Muller’s new musical, The End of History, makes it’s premiere at the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden next month.

The End of History is about a group of teenagers attempting to get to grips with puberty – and the events of the 20th century.

From the Treaty of Versailles to the fall of the Berlin Wall, via Munich and mocks, Cuba and crushes, is their future any more certain than the past?


And might the ‘end’ of history be the beginning of something else?

From 1920s French jazz to 1980s rock, via swing, bebop, rap and rock n’ roll, the End of History is a musical for the 21st century which will appeal to anyone interested in the 20th century.

The End of History stars Joseph Aldous, Alexandria Anfield, Sylvie Briggs (People, Places & Things, Oxford Playhouse), Charlie Burt, Joshua Lewindon (Whistle Down The Wind, Union Theatre), Daniel Orpwood, Eleanor Shaw (Rent & The Producers, Oxford Playhouse) and Anya Williams.

The book and lyrics for The End of History were written by Iain Hollingshead, a novelist and former feature writer for The Daily Telegraph.

His first novel, Twenty Something, won the Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award, 2006. Thankfully he’s not included any sex scenes – bad or otherwise – in The End of History.

The music, which ranges from swing pieces such as “Peace for Our Time” to the rock of “Tear Down this Wall”, is written by Timothy Muller.

A former journalist at the BBC World Service, Timothy trained at the Trinity College of Music and won the BBC Big Band of the Year competition with a jazz orchestra he directed and conducted.

The End of History runs at Tristan Bates Theatre from November 14 – December 2.

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