Buerk! The Newsical - Network Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING two sold-out performances at Seven Arts in Leeds in 2011, the new comedy musical, Buerk! The Newsical, will make its London debut at Network Theatre – from Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Written by Greg Jameson and Tom Bailey (who also directs), Buerk! The Newsical is a fictional look back to the 1980s, re-imagining journalist and newsreader Michael Buerk’s career at the BBC.
Featuring characters based on iconic TV personalities including Moira Stuart and Ian McCaskill, the show is described as an hilarious and irreverent look at what life could have been like for Buerk.
The 1980s is a time of hope and innocence when beer was cheap, red braces were in and ska was all the rage. It’s then that Michael Buerk (Greg Jameson) starts his career at BBC News, falls in love with Moira Stuart (Helen McDonald) and becomes the nation’s most beloved newsreader.
But it isn’t all jollity and endless refills of Martini Rosso at News Towers. Buerk’s new friend Ian McCaskill (Ollie Burton) appears to be a feckless weather boob, but he has a secret life. What evil plan will he conjure up to get Buerk out of the picture so that he can swoop on Moira?
Will Buerk and Moira find happiness and tie the knot? Will McCaskill use the power of Mugabe to control the weather? And what has Bob Geldof got to do with it all?
The show has original songs penned by its creators Bailey and Jameson along with musicians Allan Stelmach and Mark Kingston.
As well as Jameson, McDonald and Burton, the cast also features Stephen Mosley, Warwick St John and Tom Bailey.
Tickets: £10 – available online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/buerkthenewsical/.
Running Time: 90 minutes (including interval).
Network Theatre, 246A Lower Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8SF