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X Factor musical to premiere in London in 2014

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STAGE Entertainment UK and Syco Entertainment have announced that their new musical comedy, X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical!, will premiere in London’s West End in early 2014.

Exact date, venue and casting have yet to be confirmed.

Written by comedian Harry Hill and Steve Brown and directed by double Olivier Award winner Sean Foley, X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical! goes behind the microphone and under the judges’ desk to reveal the (not necessarily accurate) story of heartache and laughter that keeps millions tuning in every week.

In turn irreverent, anarchic and yet strangely touching, X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical! is described as an affectionate poke at the world’s most talked about talent show that will please fans and knockers of The X Factor in equal measure.

The story focuses on Chenice, who lives in an ITV blackspot because her Grandad’s iron lung interferes with the signal in her caravan, and is the only girl in the world who has never heard of The X Factor. When she accidentally stumbles into the audition queue with her talking dog, she starts a journey to both stardom and love.

Along the way she’s joined by contestants with vastly varying degrees of ability, some judges you might well recognise and Max, a handsome ukulele playing plumber and part time eco-warrior.

The show features 19 new songs with music and lyrics by Steve Brown, winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Best Musical Awards for Spend Spend Spend. His television credits include Spitting Image, Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge and TV Burp.

X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical! will be choreographed by Kate Prince (Zoonation’s Into The Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop, plus the London Handover Ceremony at Beijing 2008 Olympics); and designed by Es Devlin (London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony); with sound by Gareth Owen, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and musical supervision by Phillip Bateman.

The X Factor launched in 2004 in the UK airing on ITV1. The show’s 2010 finale achieved a peak of 21.2 million viewers, while the 2011 finale, held at Wembley Arena in front of a live audience of 12,000, was the most watched entertainment TV show of the year.

The winner of 2012’s X Factor, James Arthur, has sold more than a million copies of his debut single Impossible, making it the fastest selling single of last year. Other artists to emerge from the X Factor include the pop group One Direction and Leona Lewis, who has sold more than 20 million records to date.

For more information about X Factor – It’s Time To Face The Musical! visit www.thexfactormusical.com/.