David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, David Ian Productions, Tulchin/Bartner, The Ambassador Theatre Group, Jamie Hendry, Matthew Mitchell and David Mirvish present
Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the play 'La Cage Aux Folles' by Jean Poiret
Directed by Terry Johnson
Lighting Nick Richings
Sound Gareth Owen
Musical Supervision & Orchestrations Jason Carr
Musical Direction Michael Haslam
Choreography Lynne Page
Set Design Tim Shortall based on the original Chocolate Factory Set Design by David Farley
Costume Design Matthew Wright
Wig & Makeup Design Richard Mawbey
First Preview - 20 October 2008
The Menier Chocolate Factory's Olivier Award-winning production of La Cage aux Folles is now starring John Barrowman and Simon Burke.
The idyllic existence of Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of the La Cage aux Folles club, is threatened when Georges' son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician, who wants to close down the local colourful nightlife! With a visit from the prospective in-laws imminent, they all decide to take drastic action to hide their lifestyle... but can they keep it up?
Jerry Herman's (Hello, Dolly!, Mack and Mabel and Mame) fabulous score includes I Am What I Am, The Best of Times and Song on the Sand.
La Cage aux Folles is a timeless and deliciously funny tale of family values, unconditional love, and above all, the need to celebrate who we are.
The original production opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on 21 August 1983 where it became the biggest new American musical of the decade. It ran for 1,761 performances and won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical. The show's song "I Am What I Am" became an instant hit in the pop charts and was recorded by a variety of artists, including Gloria Gaynor and Shirley Bassey.