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Urinetown The Musical transfers to W/E

DIRECTOR Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed, sell-out production of Urinetown The Musical is transferring to the West End’s Apollo Theatre, where it runs from September 29, 2014 to January 24, 2015.

With music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, Urinetown received its UK premiere earlier this year at the St James Theatre.

Described as a sharp-witted rampant riot of a show, Urinetown tells the tale of a town fit to burst; where spending a penny can prove problematic when the privilege has become a punishable offence. There’s no such thing as rent free relief until young Bobby Strong appears – with more than a good set of pipes – and starts a revolution!

Speaking about the transfer, Jamie Lloyd said: “Having attracted a diverse audience of all ages at the St. James earlier this year, I’m bursting to bring our production of this brilliantly off-kilter musical comedy to the West End, where I hope we’ll make an even bigger splash. I’m delighted to return to the Apollo Theatre – the perfect home for our energetic and anarchic cast to run riot in. So, a big thank you to Nica Burns.”

Jamie Lloyd’s theatre credits include Richard III, The Pride, The Hothouse and Macbeth (Olivier nomination for Best Revival), all for Jamie Lloyd Productions at Trafalgar Transformed, Trafalgar Studios, a production venture with Ambassador Theatre Group.

His other credits include The Commitments (Palace Theatre); Cyrano de Bergerac (Roundabout Theatre Company; American Airlines Theatre, Broadway); The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre); The Faith Machine and The Pride (Royal Court Theatre), which received an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre; and Inadmissible Evidence, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Passion, which received an Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, and Polar Bears (Donmar Warehouse).

Lloyd also directed Piaf (Donmar Warehouse/Vaudeville Theatre/Teatro Liceo, Buenos Aires/Nuevo Teatro Alcala, Madrid); The Little Dog Laughed (Garrick Theatre), Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre); The Lover and The Collection (Comedy Theatre); Elegies: a Song Cycle (Arts Theatre); The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal, Bath); Salome (Headlong); and The Caretaker (Sheffield Crucible and Tricycle Theatre). He is co-writing and will direct Back to The Future – The Musical in 2015.

Urinetown The Musical originally ran on Broadway to great acclaim from 2001 until 2004 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning three – Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction. It also won three Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

Produced by Julian Stoneman Associates and The Araca Group, Urinetown The Musical is designed by Evening Standard award winner Soutra Gilmour, with choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, wig and hair design by Richard Mawbey, fight direction by Kate Waters, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision and direction by Alan Williams. Full casting will be announced shortly.

Tickets: Monday to Thursday: £19.50 – £49.50; Friday and Saturday: £22.50 – £59.50. Premium tickets are also available. To book, call the box office on 0844 412 4658 or visit www.urinetown.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm; Thursday and Saturday at 3pm.

Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval).

The teenage vampire drama, Let The Right One In, continues at the Apollo Theatre until August 30, 2014.