Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
A NEW show, Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others,
based on the songs of 1980's band The Smiths, premieres this coming
July at west London's Lyric Hammersmith where
it will run for a limited season only - from July 5 to July 23,
2005 (previews from July 1).
However, don't expect a simple catalogue of hits as in Our
House (Madness), We Will Rock You (Queen) and Mamma
Mia! (Abba). For according to promotional information, Some
Girls Are Bigger Than Others is 'not a musical...not a play'
but instead, an expressionist piece of 'pure, unadulterated theatre'.
In it and through The Smith's music,
audiences will gain an insight into the lives and relationships
of the six performers - four female singers and two male actors
- who will be accompanied by a string quartet, and synthesised
The Smiths were formed in Manchester, in 1982, by songwriter
Johnny Marr and lead singer Morrissey (pictured) and
during their five years together, released seven albums and nearly
Included in Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others will be
Barbarism Begins At Home, Back to the Old House, Hand That
Rocks the Cradle, I Started Something I Couldn't Finish, Last
Night I Dreamed Somebody Loved Me, Please Please Let Me Get What
I Want, Well I Wonder and of course, the title song.
The idea was conceived by Andrew Wale and Perrin Manzer Allen,
aka Anonymous Society, whose previous hit, based on the music
of Jacques Brel, aired at the Edinburgh Festival and the Lyric