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The Company

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Thu 8 August - Sat 10 August

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How to Succeed in Business

MEN Theatre Award-winning youth theatre, 'The Company' returns to The Lowry with an iconic Broadway show!

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical and satirical look at cut-throat corporate life and office politics. Recently seen on Broadway starring Daniel Radcliffe, this Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning show has earned classic status.

The plot is set in New York in the 1960s at the World-Wide Wicket Company. With show-stopping numbers like 'Brotherhood of Man’ and I Believe in You' by Frank Loesser, the man behind Guys and Dolls, the show chronicles the meteoric rise of J Pierrepont Finch, a young but bright window-cleaner who buys a book and soars up the corporate ladder using its instructions, his charm and his wits.

There are obstacles along the way, like rival Bud Frump, nephew of the Company President, JB Biggley; corporate-climber Hedy; and Finch's love for Secretary, Rosemary. Then, of course, there is his potentially fatal error of not reading far enough ahead in the book . . .

The Company Music Theatre is a national youth theatre for musicals that auditions 13-23 year olds nationally and produces shows at The Lowry and in London. With high level industry experience across its creative and technical teams, it is supported by The John Lewis Partnership, the Clifford Chance Foundation and the Mackintosh Foundation, the charitable foundation established by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

What the critics say about The Company's previous productions

 “The quality of The Company’s work is so high it makes you wonder why other theatre groups cannot achieve similar standards...No other youth theatre comes close”

“The Company ... brought a 4-star reputation from London and a quest to make youth theatre, at West End standard, less London-centric. On this showing, The Company . . . ought to be here to stay” Manchester Evening News

“...with a production that exceeded many West End and touring shows, its short run is heartbreaking and I hope we get to see this again one day. I’m more than a little excited for their next production.” (Pick of the Year, December 2010)

The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).