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    An enjoyably macabre nuclear knees-up
    The Daily Telegraph
    A slick show, with plenty of pizzazz
    The Independent

Miss Atomic Bomb tickets

Beloved British actress and comedienne Catherine Tate starred in a blazing new musical comedy that blasted into the St James Theatre for a hotly anticipated run. Fusing together emerging director Adam Long and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Bill Deamer (Top Hat), Miss Atomic Bomb is an entirely original musical inspired by 1950's bomb tests and beauty pageants.

Set in 1952 Nevada, Miss Atomic Bomb follows four friends who are forced to cope with everyday life as atomic bombs are being sent into the sky. Candy permanently puzzles over the mysterious deaths of her sheep, Joey deserts the army, Myrna adores styling perfect piglets and Lou desperately needs a suitable atomic gimmick for his turn at the Golden Goose. As bombs light up the sky, the friends soon realise that their time is limited. An ambitiously bizarre mix of the effects of tourism, nuclear testing and an overbearing military, Miss Atomic Bomb was a fresh and satirical new production that explored relevant and real world issues.

Catherine Tate starred as Myrna in this musical comedy after a critically acclaimed appearance in Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Tate is well-known for her comic turns in The Catherine Tate Show, Catherine Tate’s Nan, Big School and The Office. Dean John-Wilson, who also went on to star in the West End’s Aladdin played opposite Tate as Joey, alongside Florence Andrews (A Little Night Music) as Candy, Simon Lipkin (The Lorax, Assassins) and Daniel Boys (Avenue Q). Additional casting included the youngest member of the Strallen sisters, Sasi Strallen (Billy Elliot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

Written by Adam Long, Gabriel Vick and Alex Jackson-Long, Miss Atomic Bomb was part of the spring season at the St James Theatre which was placing particular emphasis on leading roles for women. With plays and musicals that centred on true stories, the theatre were determined to feature more entertaining and substantial female roles. Miss Atomic Bomb was a fresh take on current musicals that pushes boundaries and offered an alternative to productions that were currently on in the West End and was an absolute blast.

Performance dates: 09 Apr 2016 - 09 Apr 2016

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval

Age recommendation: May not be suitable for very young children

Special notice: Fans of new theatre will enjoy this fresh and ambitious musical. Catherine Tate fans will have the opportunity to see her fill an equally comic role.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: The St James is an intimate theatre that offers clear, unobstructed views throughout the theatre.

Latest audience reviews

TM89 Top 50 reviewer25 Apr 2017
KiwiCm 14 Jan 2017

This was a new production which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was different, satiric & comical, and the music... More

VancityGalinLondontown 09 Jun 2016

This was a new production which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was different, satiric & comical, and the music was catchy. It reminded me of Hairspray at times. I came home wanting to listen to the music again. The cast was quite big for a small space, but the talent was incredible! Really enjoyed watching Dean John-Wilson, Simon Lipkin, Daniel Boys, & Catherine Tate! I hope the show returns at some point.

VancityGalinLondontown 09 Jun 2016

This was a brand new musical which was given a very hard time in the press. For my money, I thought... More

samring 15 Aug 2016

This was a brand new musical which was given a very hard time in the press. For my money, I thought it was thoroughly entertaining and with a few tweaks could have been a real hit. The show was slightly let down by a lack of memorable songs, but what wasn't missing was fantastic energy from the cast and a brilliantly witty script. Catherine Tate absolutely stole the show and had the audience roaring. I would happily return to see the show in a few years time (although I doubt it'll get another shot unfortunately!)

samring 15 Aug 2016
rukayacesar Top 10 reviewer10 Jul 2016

This show was all over the place! Very wacky and story line was questionable at times but it was enjoyable!... More

georgedawes 01 Jul 2016

This show was all over the place! Very wacky and story line was questionable at times but it was enjoyable! I can't remember any of the songs but I have to commend the cast as they kept the whole piece a float!

georgedawes 01 Jul 2016
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