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2 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0HH
Ended 2 Jan 2008 after 4 months
A big, popular, brassy show that pushes all the right buttons.
Bad Girls is a riot in more ways than one
Guardian, Lyn Gardner
Bad Girls is a fresh, funny and original British musical, based on characters from the award winning and hugely popular television drama. It has been developed by the creators of Bad Girls, Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus, in collaboration with composer and lyricist Kath Gotts, and director Maggie Norris.
On television Bad Girls ran to a massive 107 episodes on ITV1, totalling 111 hours across eight series. The programme has won four TV Quick Awards for Best Loved Drama, two National Television Awards and two Inside Soap Awards. Bad Girls is seen around the world in over 100 territories including Canada, France, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA and it continues to find new and loyal fans wherever it goes.
Following workshops at the Old Vic and the New Players Theatre in London, Bad Girls The Musical premiered at West Yorkshire Playhouse in June 2006.
Bad Girls - The Musical takes as its starting point the original core characters from the first three series of Bad Girls on TV. Set in the fictional HMP Larkhall, it’s the story of new idealistic Wing Governor Helen Stewart and her battles with the entrenched old guard of Officer Jim Fenner and his sidekick Sylvia Hollamby. It also follows the love story that develops between Helen and charismatic inmate Nikki Wade. Other featured characters include Shell Dockley and her runner Denny Blood, old-timer Noreen Biggs, The Two Julies and the ultimate Top Dog, King-of-Gangland’s missus, Yvonne Atkins.
A tragic death on the wing – in which Jim Fenner is implicated – leads to an angry protest from the women and forces Helen and Nikki to their opposite sides of the bars. But when it’s clear that Helen stands to lose her job over Jim Fenner’s misdeeds, the race is on for the women to nail Jim once and for all.
Previews from: 16 August 2007
Opening night: 12 September 2007
Closing night: 2 January 2008
Bad Girls - The Musical may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Garrick Theatre.
Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
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