Making a splash at The Other Palace is Nigel Harman’s magnificent new musical Big Fish starring ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier’ favourite Kelsey Grammer.
The musical is based on Daniel Wallace’s popular 1998 book ‘Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions’, which was later made into a Tim Burton movie starring Ewan McGregor and swiftly became a cult classic.
Big Fish is accompanied by a beautiful score from Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and is penned by writer John August (‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’). The production mixes fantasy with comedy and drama, celebrating life in all of its absurdities.
This ambitious tale of “beauty, love and imagination” will swim into the hearts of you and your family. Make sure you take a dip before the production ends, Big Fish runs for a strictly limited Christmas season.
Kelsey Grammer stars as Edward Bloom. Grammer is an Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winner who is widely known for playing Dr. Frasier Crane in ‘Cheers’ and its spin-off series, ‘Frasier’. Grammer’s most recent Broadway role was Captain Hook/ Charles Frohman in Finding Neverland. Big Fish marks his West End debut.
Starring alongside Grammer is Matt Seadon-Young as Will Bloom. Fresh from playing Gerry Goffin in Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, his other theatre credits include Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd and Les Misérables.
Joining them are Frances McNamee (Little Shop of Horrors), Forbes Masson (Travesties), Jamie Muscato (Lazarus), Laura Baldwin (Shrek), Landi Oshinowo (Shrek), Dean Nolan (Fiddler on the Roof), George Ure (Sweeney Todd), Sophie Linder-Lee (Wicked), Gemma McMeel (Titanic) and Jonathan Stewart (Guys and Dolls).
With Edward Bloom, there’s no easy distinction between man and myth, fact and fiction and, as he lays dying, Edward’s son Will begins to question his father’s existence- has it all been a lie?
Edward was a travelling salesman who, in his youth, encountered giants, mermaids and witches, knew more jokes than you could imagine and was loved by everyone. In his bid to determine the truth, Will uses the few facts he knows about Edward’s life to remake the fantastical stories that his father told him through a sequence of legends and myths. What follows is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, giving Will the chance to finally understand his brilliant, yet enigmatic, father.
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