The inaugural production at The Other Palace, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie directs and choreographs the UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party. Making it’s Broadway debut in 2000, the show is based on a narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March from 1928 and is a glimpse into the decadence and excess of 1920s New York.
Tony Award winners Frances Ruffelle and Donna McKechnie are joined by West End great John Owen-Jones, with Tiffany Graves, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Simon Thomas, Ako Mitchell, Dex Lee, Melanie Bright, Glorio Oblanyo, Genesis Lynea, Lizzy Connolly, Steven Serlin, Sebastien Torkla and Bronté Barbé.
Vaudeville performers Queenie and Burrs are caught up in a rather toxic relationship, marred with recklessness and violence. In an attempt to save face and to perhaps salvage their union, they gather their friends and fellow performers for a party to end all parties! From a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy to a diva of indeterminate age, the guests are unruly, dishevelled and bordering on undone. Queenie finds herself distracted by a handsome Valentino, and as the gin flows and artifice and illusion are broken down, the sense of threat in the air heightens to breaking point, with the debauchery turning to tragedy. It’s time for the guests to face up to reality – the party is over, in more ways than one.
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