Thirteen Days - Arcola Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
ALEXANDER S. Bermange’s new musical Thirteen Days will be performed at the Arcola Theatre on Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, 2012.
In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy uncovered Soviet missiles on the island of Cuba. The days that followed were the closest the world has ever come to being wiped out by nuclear war.
Thirteen Days commemorates the 50th anniversary of this turning point in modern history.
Described as a powerful new musical, Thirteen Days follows the lives of three lovers, three leaders and three nations during this critical period, by means of a memorable score that fuses Western, Eastern and Latin musical styles.
Composer and lyricist Alexander S. Bermange is known to millions as the resident songwriter on BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House and the BBC World Service’s The World Today. He has also enjoyed considerable public and critical acclaim for a dozen musicals which have enjoyed successful runs in theatres across the country and in vast arenas around Europe.
He has written music for theatre productions in the West End and around the UK, and his songs have been recorded and released by many international musical stars including Ramin Karimloo, Lara Pulver, Summer Strallen, Oliver Tompsett and Sally Ann Triplett.
In the words of triple Oscar-winning lyricist Sir Tim Rice, Thirteen Days promises to be “a further step on Alexander S. Bermange’s road to the front rank of British composers and lyricists”.
The final production of the Arcola’s 2012 Grimeborn Festival, Thirteen Days will be directed by Matthew Gould, with set and lighting design by Ben M. Rogers and costume design by Jean Gray – the team behind the recent critically acclaimed West End revival of The Mystery Of Edwin Drood. The musical arrangements are by internationally renowned orchestrator Paul Bateman.
For tickets and further information, call 020 7503 1646 or visit www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/grimeborn-festival—thirteen-days—the-musical.