Miss Nightingale – The Musical by Matthew Bugg is set to be revived in a brand new production next month, making it one of the most successful new UK touring musicals of the last decade. The show is unusual in that it is a genuinely new British musical, not being based on an existing play, book, film or collection of pop songs. Since it was first staged in 2011 it has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people across the UK and returns with a brand new production for a fifth and final UK tour, Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016.
Miss Nightingale – the musical is a tale of love, loss and hope set in London in 1942 at the height of World War Two. Feisty northern nurse Maggie Brown struggles to find her big break as a singer. Her talented songwriter, George, is a Jewish refugee from Berlin. She longs for the bright lights. He hides a dark secret in the shadows.
Suddenly they are picked up by wealthy and closeted aristocrat Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe. He’s seeking a new act for his London nightclub and transforms Maggie into ‘Miss Nightingale’. Her racy love life and outrageous costumes combined with George’s saucy cabaret numbers help create a scandalous new West End star.
As they reach the pinnacle of success everything changes when George and Sir Frank’s secret romance is discovered. Bootleg booze, blackmail and bombshells prove to be a very dangerous cocktail. And the truth becomes even more explosive than The Blitz.
Miss Nightingale – the musical will be performed by a new cast of six who not only act, dance and sing but also play more than twenty different instruments live on stage.
The title role of ‘Maggie/Miss Nightingale’ will be played by Clara Darcy (Propaganda Swing, Forever Young, Brassed Off, The Hired Man and Chicago). She will be joined by Nick Coutu-Langmead as Sir Frank; Conor O’Kane as George; Christopher Hogben as Tom; Matthew Bugg as Harry; and, Tobias Oliver as the Stage Manager & Waiter.
The show is to be directed by Karen Simpson, Director of the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company, Creative Development Director for Sheffield Theatres, and founded Action Transport Theatre Company. Her recent work includes: Labour of Love, and UK tours of Sign of the Times, Some Like it Hotter, The Incredible Doctor Guttmann and Twelve Miles from Nowhere.
Miss Nightingale – The Musicall tours the UK for the fifth and final time from 30th September 2015 to 20th February 2016, opening at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. For tickets call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or book online at theatreroyal.org. Full details of the tour can be found at missnightingale.co.uk.