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Damn Yankees - Jack Studio Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

IMPERIAL Productions is presenting the Fringe premiere of the classic Broadway musical, Damn Yankees, at the Jack Studio Theatre – from April 3 (previews from April 1) to April 12, 2014.

Based on the novel The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees has a book by George Abbott and Douglass Wallop and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (The Pajama Game).

In this Faust meets baseball story, middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil in order to help his favourite baseball team beat the New York Yankees. Transformed into baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he takes the Washington Senators to new heights whilst discovering the true worth of the life he was so quick to leave behind.

The score features numbers such as Whatever Lola Wants, Shoeless Joe, Who’s Got the Pain? and Heart.

Dom O’Hanlon directs a cast that includes Liam Christopher-Lloyd (as Joe Hardy), Paul Tate (Applegate), Charlotte Donald (Lola), Jenny Delisle (Meg Boyd), Rachel Lea-Gray (Gloria Thorpe), James Lorcan (Van Buren), Kevin Sherwin (Rocky), Daniel Mack Shand (Smokey), Adam Samuel-Bal (Sohovik), Joe Leather (Henry), Nathan Benson (Linville), Jayne Ashely (Sister), Vicki Mason (Doris), Heidi Gowthorpe (Lynch) and Rosie Bennett (Ms Weston).

Dom O’Hanlon’s recent directing credits include I Love You Because (Theatro Technis), The Wild Party (Lost Theatre), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Bridewell Theatre), The Olympic Journey (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Fix (Winterflood), The Importance of Being Earnest (Site specific), Into the Woods and West Side Story (Bloomsbury Theatre) and A Chorus Line (Garage).

His production of Into the Woods was selected to perform at the Sunday Times NSDF 2010, where it was personally supported by Stephen Sondheim. O’Hanlon also worked as Assistant Director on the London revival of Assassins (Pleasance Theatre) as well as Just Another Love Story (Brighton Fringe).

Imperial Productions’ previous show at the Jack Studio Theatre was the critically acclaimed holocaust drama Who Will Carry the Word?

Damn Yankees has choreography by Becky East, musical direction by Sarah Burrell and lighting by Dan Husbands.

Tickets: £14, £11 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 8700 887 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:45pm; Saturday matinees (April 5 and 12) at 2:45pm.

Sarah Daniels’ The Gut Girls runs at the Jack Studio Theatre from Tuesday, March 11 to Saturday, March 29, 2014.