Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim - Jermyn Street Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
WRITTEN and directed by Adam Long, Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim, a new comedy with some music, runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from March 11 to March 29, 2014.
Everyone knows of Satan “The Dark Lord”, but Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim tells the story of Satan the multi-talented, award-winning singer/dancer/actor who came to Earth in the early 1960s because he was very excited about what was happening in the world of musical theatre.
It is a chronicle of Satan’s desperate attempt to secure the rights to Sondheim’s music for a one-night musical extravaganza at the London Palladium. With the help of his New York manager, Robert Schifrin, Satan attempts to sing, dance and schmooze his way into Sondheim’s heart – a difficult task, as Sondheim is sceptical of having his name associated with Satan.
Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim is performed by Mark Caven (as Robert Schifrin) and Adam Long (Satan).
Writer/director Adam Long is the co-writer and director of the The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), which ran in the West End for nine years and was nominated for an Olivier Award. The Complete Works also ran Off-Broadway twice and continues to enjoy numerous successful tours throughout the world. In 2003, his feature-length film The Barn won the Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards.
Long has written for Disney (Dude That’s My Ghost, History on Toast and Last Minute Book Reports), PBS (The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)), Channel Four (Trigger Happy TV and The Ring Reduced), BBC Radio Four (The History Boys Condensed, Condensed Histories of the British Political Parties and Home Truths) and Lucasfilm & BSkyB (Star Wars Shortened).
His other stage shows include Dickens Unplugged (The Comedy Theatre), The Complete History of America (abridged) (Criterion Theatre), and Deconstructing Albert (The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). Long’s most recent writing/directing work for stage was Dickens Abridged (Arts Theatre).
Mark Caven’s theatre credits include The Complete Works of Shakespeare and The Complete History of America (Criterion Theatre), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Man in the Moon), Beauty and the Beast (Dominion Theatre), Jackie: an American Life (Queen’s Theatre) and Killing Jessica (Savoy Theatre).
His screen credits include Maleficent, The Timber, Jesus Henry Christ, Cyberstalker, Diverted, Not Going Out, Live At The Electric, Lust For Glorious and The Glam Metal Detectives.
Satan Sings Mostly Sondheim is presented by SJC Productions, in association with Jermyn Street Theatre.
NB: The producers of the show wish to make it absolutely clear that the show contains no music by Stephen Sondheim and is not endorsed by Stephen Sondheim or anyone who knows him.
Tickets: £18, £15 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/.
Times: Monday to Saturday at 8.45pm; Saturday matinees at 4.30pm.
The White Carnation, R. C. Sherriff’s supernatural drama starring Michael Praed, continues at Jermyn Street Theatre until February 22, 2014.