“Tommy used to work on the docks / Union’s been on strike / He’s down on his luck / It’s tough, so tough…”
Beautiful (not the Carole King Musical) returns for one day only, after a triumphant first run earlier this year as part of the Creative/Disruption 17, to tell the tragic story of a docker, a waitress and their forbidden love for one another.
Featuring the immortal music of Sir Jon Bon Jovi*, this joyous musical extravaganza arrives with 12 Olivier nominations including Best New Musical** and universal critical acclaim***.
It takes a sideways look at the pomp and circumstance of modern jukebox musicals, and asks us to question if the art of imagination is being lost to machinery, illusion and extravagance.
Co-created with performance artist Paul O’Donnell (Associate Artist at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Theatre Absolute, Coventry), Beautiful is the latest production from Arcola’s acclaimed performance company for older adults.
* Jon Bon Jovi will not appear in person; Jon Bon Jovi is not an actual Sir.
** Not guaranteed, but if there is any justice in the world, this show will at least take home Best Design.
*** Critical response is subjective.
This performance is a special fundraiser to support the development of Arcola’s acclaimed community performance company for older adults. Running since 2009, Arcola 50+ have staged productions and events at Arcola, across Dalston, and even performed at the Tate Modern, V&A and Glastonbury Music Festival. They have also worked with companies such as Punchdrunk and Kali Theatre. Proceeds from this performance will allow the group to continue to grow, offering a new workshop and production strand, allowing more people to join the company. Read our blog post.
|Created by the company, from an original idea by Paul O’Donnell|
|Nick Connaughton, with Paul O’Donnell|
Publicity Photography and Styling
|Veronique et Charlotte|
|Value||£16 (£14 conc)|
Sorry, Arcola Passport tickets are not available for this production.
Sunday at 7pm
A fundraising performance for Arcola 50+
Running time: 70 minutes approximately .
Suitable for All ages
Press enquiries: Nick Connaugton — firstname.lastname@example.org