The Union Theatre comes up trumps with Ace Of Clubs

Ace Of Clubs
Ace Of Clubs. Image by Roy Tan.

The Union Theatre, a London fringe venue, tucked away in Southwark, is transforming itself into a 1940s nightclub for its revival of the classic Noël Coward musical, Ace of Clubs.

A romantic throwback to another era, the story involves strapping sailors, gangland thugs, a stolen necklace, star-crossed lovers and sharp-tongued chorus girls, all taking place in a Soho nightclub in 1949.

The theatre, in Union Street, has a reputation for re-discovering lost musical gems and this is set to be a scorcher.

The score was the source for a number of songs which became part of Coward’s own cabaret repertoire, including well-loved standards as Sail Away, Josephine, I Like America, Chase Me, Charlie and more.

Ace of Clubs has not been staged professionally in Central London since its original 1950 production.

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The cast includes Lucy May Barker (Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, National Theatre), Emma Harris (Chicago, Evita), Kate Milner-Evans (The Phantom of the Opera), Gary Wood (A Chorus Line, Wicked) and Michael Hobbs (Lord of the Rings, Carry On Columbus).

The show’s director Jack Thorpe Baker, having recently returned from three years as a dancer with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet, is overjoyed to celebrate his homecoming with this love letter to his home city of London.

Featuring dazzling choreography by Mark Smith and sumptuous musical arrangements by Steve Edis.

Filled with irresistible characters and songs, and all presented with Coward’s inimitable combination of cut-glass wit, unflinching honesty and, of course, plenty of London Pride.

Ace Of Clubs runs from May 7 to 31.

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