Music by Denis King - Book and Lyrics by Alan Ayckbourn
Publisher: Samuel French Ltd
Music Publisher: Eaton Music
Awaking Beauty marked Alan's fourth collaboration with the composer Denis King and the first musical Alan has written aimed specifically at adults - and the first of Alan's plays to carry a 'not suitable for young children' warning, largely due to its themes and infrequent language, rather than anything offensive. The plot, a sequel to Sleeping Beauty, subverts the genre to see fairy tale characters relocated to suburbia whilst taking a poke at the beauty industry and the perception of beauty. A slightly extended rehearsal period enabled Denis King and musical director Jonathan Williams to work with the cast on the complex harmonies of the piece. Awaking Beauty was the final Alan Ayckbourn play to open at the theatre while Alan was Artistic Director of the company.
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Premiere: 16 December, 2008 Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Michael Holt
Lighting: Jason Taylor
Choregrapher: Sheila Carter
Vocal/Piano Arrangements: Denis King
Musical Director: Jonathan Williams
CAST (5M, 5W)
Anna Francolini, Duncan Patrick, Alice Fearn, Ben Fox, Verity Quade, Annalene Beechey, Helen French, Matthew White, Ian McLarnon, Jon-Paul Hevey.
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Original Cast live recording not for public sale. Contact us for further information.
Fact of the Day
Denis wrote an album with and for Albert Finney in 1977 which was released, somewhat bizarrely, by Motown Records in the U.S.
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