You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown - Tabard Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
WEST END lyricist Anthony Drewe will direct the London premiere of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, which runs at the Tabard Theatre from Tuesday, October 4 to Sunday, October 30, 2011.
Based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M Schulz, this Tony and Drama Desk award-winning musical features Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the other much loved Peanuts characters.
Though considered a ‘good man’ by his friends, Charlie Brown has never been able to keep a kite in the air, never successfully kicked a football and can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl.
As the Peanuts gang make their way through the day, Charlie wonders what being a good man means as he sees Schroeder’s passion for Beethoven, Linus’s complex about his blanket and Snoopy’s ace flying ability. With the help of his friends, Charlie comes to realise what makes them all truly happy.
This London premiere of the revised Broadway version follows the success of Stiles and Drewe’s Just So and stars Olivier Award-winner Leanne Jones (Hairspray) and Hayley Gallivan (Spring Awakening) as Lucy and Sally.
The cast also includes Lewis Barnshaw as Charlie Brown, Mark Anderson as Snoopy, Nathaniel Morrison as Schroeder and Adam Ellis as Linus.
Anthony Drewe has directed several shows including the Watermill Theatre’s production of Snoopy, the Musical. However, he is best known for his collaborations with composer George Stiles on West End musicals such as Betty Blue Eyes and Mary Poppins, as well as Honk! and Just So.
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was written in 1967 by Clark Gesner and played over 1500 performances. A new revised version was presented on Broadway in 1999 with new songs and additional dialogue by Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa. This fresh version won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical as well as Tony Awards for Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.
Produced by Pulling Focus Ltd for the Tabard Theatre, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown is designed by Simon Wells, with lighting by David Holmes, musical direction by Elliot Davis and choreography by Nick Winston.
Tickets: £18, £16 concessions – available from the box office on 0208 995 6035 or online at www.tabardtheatre.co.uk
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 2.30pm.
Running Time: 2 hours (including interval).
The Night Porters continues at the Tabard Theatre until October 1, 2011.