Flora The Red Menace - Landor Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING its success at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, All Star Productions’ Flora The Red Menace is transferring to The Landor Theatre for a limited three week run – from June 29 (previews from June 26) to July 14, 2012.
Flora The Red Menace, last seen professionally in London over 17 years ago, was penned by award-winning songwriting team John Kander and Fred Ebb, who went on to write the award-winning Cabaret, Chicago and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Fashion designer Flora Mezaros, a member of an artists co-operative, is struggling to find work during the Great Depression. She is hired by a large department store but at the same time, falls in love with Harry, a struggling designer, who attempts to convert Flora to his Communist ideals.
Even though it compromises her job in an organization which does not recognize the new unions. she seeks to hold down both job and relationship.
The role of Flora is played by Katy Baker, who was nominated for “Best Female Performance” at the Off West End Theatre Awards.
Flora The Red Menace is directed by Randy Smartnick, with musical direction by Aaron Clingham and choreography by Kate McPhee.
All Star Productions, founded by musician Aaron Clingham, is Walthamstow’s only full time professional theatre company specializing in Musical Theatre revivals. The company’s 2011 season included Godspell, which was nominated for six Off West End Awards, the first professional highly acclaimed revival of Howard Goodall’s Girlfriends, the first London revival of The Musical of Musicals The Musical! and Pam Gem’s Piaf.
As well as Flora The Red Menace, their work this year includes Love and War, a new musical revue of the songs of British composer Howard Goodall.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (no show on Wednesday, July 4 and Wednesday, July 11, 2012.