Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre - New Wimbledon Studio
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SEVEN doctors, one patient, a musical journey, Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre receives its London premiere at New Wimbledon Studio, where it runs from January 28 to February 1, 2014.
Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre is described as an extraordinary odyssey of a confused young man – a young man led by wacky doctors through a labyrinth of wildly theatricalised versions of major life crises and temptations – wealth, sensuality, power, romance, lost innocence and death.
Presided over by the enigmatic Dr. Selavy (or if you prefer, C’est La Vie), himself an illusion created by master trickster Marcel Duchamp, this outrageous journey leads our hero in an ironic dance through an eccentric fun house of extravagant awakenings to a climax of self-knowledge and acceptance.
To the strains of an eminently hummable and upbeat score, this offbeat piece provides an adventurous departure from the traditional expectations of musical theatre.
Following a critically acclaimed year producing Halbwelt Kultur, PK Productions continue to break boundaries with this zany, off-beat surrealist musical which presents fun, adventure, diverse musical treats and lots of wit whilst maintaining a through-line of important and socially relevant satire.
Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre has enjoyed a rich and diverse history in America since its conception and Off-Broadway run in 1972.
Presented by PK Productions by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe and theatrically conceived by Richard Foreman, Doctor Selavy’s Magic Theatre has music by Stanley Silverman and lyrics by Tom Hendry. Patrick Kennedy directs.
Tickets £10, £7.50 concession – available from the box office on 0844 871 7646 or online at www.atgtickets.com/.
Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.45pm (no matinees).