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The Lowry Tours Taboo - The Boy George Musical

West End, Broadway and now Salford
Music & Lyrics by Boy George
Book by Mark Davies

Tickets Now on Sale
Through a unique partnership between Fiery Angel and The Lowry and by arrangement with Adam Kenwright, the Olivier Award winning production of Taboo, The Boy George Musical makes its North West debut at The Lowry 11 Dec – 17 Jan prior to an extensive UK tour.

Robert Robson, The Lowry’s Artistic Director: “We are absolutely delighted to create our first ever touring co-production with such an exciting project as this award winning musical. As a venue, we’re renowned for bringing in great theatre productions and breaking box office targets. However, this unique opportunity with Taboo allows us to take great theatre out on tour and lead the way in more adventurous programming. We look forward with great anticipation to both its 5 week run at The Lowry over Christmas and its subsequent UK tour.”

James Woods, Co-Producer, Fiery Angel: "The Lowry is highly regarded amongst the Theatre industry as one of Britain's leading Theatres and we're keen to build an allegiance with one of the few remaining independent venues in the country. It is therefore all the more exciting for Fiery Angel to be co-producing Taboo with Robert Robson and his team. We've already presented several successful productions at The Lowry including La Cuadra De Sevilla's Andalusian Carmen, Roald Dahl's The BFG and Fascinating Aida and really enjoyed working with such a progressive, forward thinking organisation. In fact, we think they're the best venue in the country. We hope this will be the first of many other such ventures."

Tickets are now on sale for performances of Taboo at The Lowry, the award-winning arts complex for visual and performing arts on Salford Quays.

Box Office: 0870 111 2000.

Taboo will tour to approximately 28 venues across the UK in 2004.
Boy George has written the music and lyrics for Taboo in collaboration with Kevan Frost, John Themis and Richie Stevens, with book by Mark Davies (This Life). This vibrant new musical is directed by West End and Broadway award-winner Christopher Renshaw.

Following rave reviews from his performance in the West End production, Stephen Ashfield will play the role of Boy George at The Lowry and on tour. Further cast announcements will be made in due course.

Set in the Eighties, Taboo tells the story of the times when shoulder pads packed the power punch, Thatcher was in Downing Street and only yuppies had mobiles. British music was undergoing a metamorphosis, as styles, cultures and technologies converged, giving birth to the New Romantics, squeaky pop – and punk. Taboo is about young people finding love, living life, discovering identity and being famous, even notorious. Boy George, Leigh Bowery, Steve Strange, Marilyn and Philip Sallon guide you through one of the most flamboyant and extravagant musicals ever staged in the UK.

With classic hits such as Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? and Karma Chameleon, Taboo the musical also features 20 brand new songs. Described by the Daily Telegraph as the best musical of the year, Taboo received standing ovations at every single performance during its London run. Taboo comes to The Lowry Thurs 11 Dec ’03 – Sat 17 Jan ‘04, providing an alternative festive treat this Christmas.

Press night at The Lowry
Mon 15 December 2003
Ticket prices at The Lowry Previews £10
Tickets £12 - £22

Performances at The Lowry
Thu 11 – Sat 13 Dec 8pm preview (& 3pm Sat preview)
Mon 15 – Sat 20 Dec 8pm (& 3pm performances on Wed 17 & Sat 20)
Mon 22 & Tues 23 Dec 8pm
Fri 26 - Tues 30 Dec 8pm (& 3pm on Sat 27 & Sun 28)
Fri 2 – Mon 5 Jan 8pm (& 3pm on Sat 3 & Sun 4 Jan)
Wed 7 Jan 3pm & 8pm
Thu 8 - Sat 10 Jan 8pm & 3pm on Sat 10)
Mon 12 – Sat 17 Jan 8pm (& 3pm on Wed 14 & Sat 17 Jan)

Music & Lyrics Boy George
Book by Mark Davies Director Christopher Renshaw
Set Design Tim Goodchild
Costume Design Mike Nicholls
Lighting Design Chris Ellis
Sound Design Jem Kitchen
Choreography Les Child
Hair & Make-up Design Christine Bateman
Music Co-writers Kevan Frost, John Themis & Richie Stevens

UK Tour Venues
Salford Quays The Lowry
High Wycombe Wycombe Swan
Glasgow Kings Theatre
Birmingham Hippodrome
Cork Opera House
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Southampton Mayflower
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Leeds Grand Theatre
Bristol Hippodrome
Belfast Opera House
Brighton Theatre Royal
Cardiff New Theatre
Norwich Theatre Royal
Plymouth Theatre Royal
Sheffield Lyceum
Richmond Theatre
Woking New Victoria
Oxford Apollo
Sheffield Lyceum
Liverpool Empire
Leicester De Montfort Hall
Wolverhampton Grand
Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
Southend Pavilion
Stoke Regent
Milton Keynes

Posted on Thursday, 10 July 2003


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