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Loserville - Garrick Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ALTHOUGH initially booking at the Garrick Theatre until March 2, Loserville will now close on January 5, 2013.

It will be followed by Rock of Ages.

Previously Posted: Following its premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse earlier this year, Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s new musical, Loserville, will receive its West End premiere at the Garrick Theatre, where it runs from October 17, 2012 (previews from October 1) to March 2, 2013.

Inspired by the 2005 album Welcome to Loserville, the piece is set in 1971, when Michael Dork, a computer geek, has invented something that could change the world. He’s also discovered girls: a prospect (almost) as exciting as his love of binary.

Holly is the girl: she has looks and brains and wants to be the first woman in space. But will she want Michael? Eddie wants a fast ride to the top and doesn’t care who gets trampled along the way. Leia just wants Eddie. Or Eddie’s babies – at least she thinks she does.

Michael, and his sci-fi obsessed, social-misfit friends – Lucas, Francis and Marvin – are all set to change the course of history, fashion and dating – in no particular order, but just as soon as possible, especially the dating bit.

Loserville stars Aaron Sidwell (as Michael), Eliza Hope Bennett (Holly), Stewart Clarke (Eddie), Charlotte Harwood (Leia), Richard Lowe (Lucas), Lil Chris (Francis) and Dan Buckley (Marvin).

They are joined by ensemble members Jade Albertsen, Sophie Ayers, Laura Bennett, Robbie Boyle, Matthew Bradley, Olly Buxton, Andrew Carthy, Freya Field, Daniel Hall, Lauren Hall, Ollie Hannifan, Dan Krikler, Duncan Leighton, Ashley Luke Lloyd, Megan Louch, Andy Shaw, Sarah Watson and Witney White.

Loserville is directed by Steven Dexter and choreographed by Nick Winston, with set design by Francis O’Connor, costume design by Francis O’Connor and Stephen Snell, lighting by Howard Harrison and sound by Simon Baker.

Davis and Bourne also wrote the musical Out There, which was recently commissioned and staged by Youth Music Theatre UK at the Riverside Studios.

Elliot also co-wrote Soho Cinders with George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, which is playing at Soho Theatre until September 9. His other musicals, Best Friends and Butterflies and Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi, won the Ticketmaster Composer Award for Best Musical for Young People and the TMA Award for Outstanding Musical respectively.

Tickets: 25,000 will be available for £25 or less during the the show’s initial booking period.

Chicago continues at the Garrick Theatre until September 1, 2012.