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La Cage Aux Folles

Closed January 2, 2010

This is a glorious night of showbiz razzle-dazzle and emotional generosity.

Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

Why See La Cage Aux Folles?

FLABOYANT BRILLIANCE, BABY!

Based on the delightful French film of 1978, La Cage Aux Folles is a timeless tale of unconditional love, family values and celebrating who we are. Both an enormously comical farce and a touchingly story, the bittersweet musical asks audiences to view things from a different angle.

Director Terry Johnson's production is electrifyingly theatrical, complemented by sizzling choreography by Lynn Page and Jerry Herman's deliciously rich musical score, including the fabulous favourites 'I Am What I Am', 'Song In The Sand' and 'The Best of Times'. Add Tim Shortall's bold design and Matthew Wright's spectacular costumes, and La Cage Aux Folles becomes an outrageously enjoyable extravaganza.

WHAT IS LA CAGE AUX FOLLES ABOUT?

Set in St Tropez in the '70s, the story follows a crisis in the happy life of gay couple Georges and Albin, who have been together for 25 years. Georges is the owner of cabaret club La Cage Aux Folles on the French Riviera and Albin, nee Zaza, is the club's leading drag artiste. Jean-Michel, Georges's son from a previous relationship who the couple has raised together as their own, announces that he is engaged to Anne. But she is the daughter of a staunch right-wing politician who intends to 'clean up' the Riviera and close the cabaret club.

Jean-Michel has invited his prospective in-laws to dinner, and in an attempt to appease a potentially ruinous situation, Georges convinces Albin to assume the straight-and-narrow character of 'Uncle Al' in an attempt to hide their lifestyle. As so begins the ultimate pretence, but can the unorthodox couple keep it up?

DID YOU KNOW?

When it first opened on Broadway, La Cage Aux Folles was the first mainstream gay musical. This was in 1983 at a time when Aids was fast becoming an epidemic. The makers of the musical decided to create a show with the dual purpose of uplifting the suffering ill and as a rebuttal to homophobia.

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Dates

Opening night: 20 October 2008

Audience

La Cage Aux Folles is suitable for audiences aged 14 and older

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Douglas Hodge as Albin/Zaza
Denis Lawson as Georges
Stuart Neal as Jean-Michele
Tracie Bennett as Jacqueline
Zoe Ann Bown
Ben Bunce
Darren Carnall
Nicholas Cuningham
Alicia Davis
Ben Deery
Adrian Der Gregorian
Nolan Frederick
Leanna Harwood
Matt Krzan
Robert Maskell
Ian Mitchell
Gary Murphy
Stuart Neal
Jason Pennycooke
Dane Quixall
Duncan Smith
Scott Spreadbury

Creative

Direction: Terry Johnson
Music: Jerry Herman
Lyrics: Jerry Herman
Book: Harvey Fierstein
Sound Design: Gareth Owen
Set Design: Tim Shortall
Lighting Design: Nick Richings
Costume Design: Matthew Wright
Choreography: Lynne Page
Producer: Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, David Ian Productions, Tulchin/Bartner, The Ambassador Theatre Group and Jamie Hendry

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Julie S: “La Cage aux folles”

Absolutely brilliant. A wonderful surprise from my husband, when can I... more

Sq: “cage aux folles”

Saw this show on Saturday night and was blown away by it - absolutely fantastic.... more

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