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On the 20th Century
On from 14 Dec 2010 till 15 Jan 2011
Union Theatre
by Music by Cy Coleman
Genre(s): Musical, Comedy

Tickets: £16.50 / (£13.50 concessions)

About: On the 20th Century

14 December – 15 January

Tuesday – Saturday @ 7.30pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 2.30 pm

No performances 24 December – 3 January

£16.50 / £13.50 concessions

Oscar Jaffee, and his hapless entourage are on the run. Desperately trying to resuscitate his flat-lining career he books a carriage on the Twentieth Century Limited, the world’s most famous express train, bound for New York.

In the next carriage resides his former sweetheart turned Hollywood starlet Lily Garland. Now Oscar has just 16 hours to entice the egotistical Lily back on to the stage, as the leading lady in his next show.

Oscar’s financial ruin hangs in the balance and a jealous lover is on the loose. Offered funding by religious fanatic Letitia Peabody Primrose, Jaffee’s dreams fall into a glorious, and by turns hilarious, balancing act of keeping everyone happy. Set against a backdrop of the great American Depression of the 1930s, what unfolds is a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale of the pitfalls of producing theatre when cash is tight and private money comes at an unavoidable cost.

On the Twentieth Century was the hit of the 1978 Broadway season. It features music by the great Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity) with book and lyrics by the remarkable team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green (On the Town). This Christmas On the Twentieth Century offers a riotous – and rather timely – theatrical treat like no other.

Ryan McBryde's directing credits include: Hamlet! the Musical (Edinburgh Fringe), which won the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers' Choice Award; the German premieres of The Full Monty and Spring Awakening musicals and the world premiere of A Day at the Racists (Finborough Theatre). Ryan was Resident Director on Billy Elliot – The Musical and Bat Boy in the West End and Associate Director on The Common Pursuit at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Choreographer Drew McOnie was one of the finalists in the BBC's first series of So You Think You Can Dance and a finalist in the 2010 Place Prize for choreography.

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