Award-winning writer Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) has created another smash hit with his new production Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, recently opened in the West End at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The show, winner of the 2017 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, had just finished a sell-out tour of the UK.
Supported by Bruno Wang Productions, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has been lauded by critics. Many have awarded four stars to this “hilarious, poignant” show, directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone (The Mistress Contract, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas) and featuring the songs of the legendary ELO.
Lee Hall (who co-adapted the screenplay for War Horse with Richard Curtis) has turned Alan Warner’s brilliant novel The Sopranos into a classic coming-of-age story, which The Independent calls: “a winningly confident picture of friendship, rivalry and teenage kicks, bursting with a lust for life.”
The story follows six 17-year-old Catholic choirgirls from a school in Oban, nicknamed the Virgin Megastore, as they head to Edinburgh for a singing competition. Determined to go wild, and get eliminated from the contest, they begin a tour of the city’s clubs, sharing confidences, hopes and a few home truths along the way.
The vigour of the young cast, says The Daily Telegraph, turns the show into pure gold. Backed by an excellent all-female band, Joanne McGuinness, Kirsty Findlay, Caroline Deyga, Karen Fishwick, Kirsty MacLaren, Frances Mayli McCann and Dawn Sievewright as the girls, “sing like fallen angels and dance like maenads, with impeccable comic timing and pathos that wrings your heart”.
The creative team also includes Martin Lowe (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Mamma Mia!, The Full Monty) as music arranger and supervisor, plus designer Chloe Lamford and choreographer Imogen Knight (The Threepenny Opera, Red Velvet).