Orpheus – The Mythical is a fitting show to be performed by the young residents of the Orpheus Centre, which celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Founded by Sir Richard Stilgoe to provide an arts-based programme of study for young adults with physical and learning difficulties, the residential centre aims to provide its 18 to 25-year olds with greater independence.
The production joins forces with students from the Arts Educational School and sees a rotating Greek Chorus of star performers, including Jane Asher, Rob Brydon, Bertie Carvel, Jim Carter, Patricia Hodge, Martin Jarvis and more, who alternate per show.
The musical comedy features a book and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, who is well-known for his extensive career on stage and in film and television. Stilgoe is known for collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber on musical theatre successes including Cats, Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera.
Katie Beard directs, with her work spanning across schools, drama colleges, the West End and regional theatre, as well as work with the National Youth Music Theatre.
With only nine performances of the musical, featuring a diverse cast, it is a great way to support young people in the arts as well as new musical theatre. Orpheus – The Mythical plays a strictly limited run at London’s The Other Palace, which is dedicated to housing new and rarely-performed musicals. The production runs at the venue from 23 March to 31 March 2018.
Recommended forAdvocates of youth arts, new musical theatre fans and those looking to see the potential for change that theatre has won’t want to miss this.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages