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House on the Hill Productions
in Association with
Jermyn Street Theatre
The UK Premiere
A comedy written in 405 by ARISTOPHANES
Freely adapted for today by BURT SHEVELOVE
And even more freely adapted by NATHAN LANE
Music and lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Original orchestration by Jonathan Tunick
Director: Grace Wessels
Musical Director: Tim Sutton
Designer: Gregor Donnelly
Movement: Tim McArthur
featuring Michael Matus as Dionysos & George Rae as Xanthias
The latest 2004 Broadway version of the rarely performed Stephen Sondheim musical THE FROGS
is a hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane
and includes seven new Sondheim songs.
From the same writers behind A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, THE FROGS playfully explores the great challenges of human existence: confronting our fears, understanding life and death, and challenging the distractions that can prevent us from achieving our goals. This boisterously hilarious yet poignant musical follows Dionysos, Greek god of wine and drama, and his slave Xanthias on a journey to Hades to collect renowned critic and playwright George Bernard Shaw so that he may enlighten the easily misled and coerced masses of Earth. Along this journey, Dionysos and Xanthias meet Herakles, Charon, Pluto, and of course, the chorus of frogs. Then, Shakespeare shows up and starts declaiming his greatest hits; and before long he engages in a battle of words with Mr. Shaw. Who will win the honor of becoming reincarnated: The Bard or Bernard?
THE FROGS stays true to its heritage, mixing Aristophanic pratfall satire with a Sondheim score that swings from witty to pretty to rambunctious, but also mirrors the Greek original for the serious issue of the role of the arts in a world beset by war and folly.
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Running time : 2hours 15 minutes(incl interval)
Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday/Sunday Matinees 3.00pm (note earlier time)
Extra midweek Matinees Thursday 23rd March & Thursday 6th April 3.00pm
£25.00. £22.00 concessions