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The House of Mirrors and Hearts

by Eamonn O’Dwyer & Rob Gilbert, Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer

Directed by Ryan McBryde
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A haunting new chamber musical

Keeping secrets is a kind of art…

The House of Mirrors and Hearts is a haunting new chamber musical about love, lies and the ghosts of our pasts.

After 3 years of development by Perfect Pitch (LIFT, Soho Theatre; The Go-Between, West Yorkshire Playhouse), this cutting-edge work premieres in a co-production with Aria Entertainment.

Stephen Sondheim meets Tori Amos in Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert’s textured and contemporary score. It tells the story of the Keanes, whose secrets are buried in the fractured family home. When a curious young lodger arrives to stay, his discoveries threaten to shatter their illusions forever. Will the truth out? And what will be left unsaid?

The award-winning Ryan McBryde directs a distinguished ensemble cast for this gripping, heart-wrenching and intoxicating musical drama.

Developed by Perfect Pitch in association with Sell A Door

World premiere


★★★★★ “Without a doubt the best production I have seen this year and the best Off West End production I have EVER seen.” – London Theatre 1

★★★★ “A compelling piece of musical theatre … A credit to contemporary music theatre” – Musical Theatre Review

★★★★ “Meticulously constructed psychological thriller complemented by a gripping score and a cast that knows how to exploit it … Grace Rowe and Molly McGuire are diversely enigmatic as siblings” – The Stage

★★★★ “Full of this dangerous sexual vigour and webs of tension ticking like an electric fence, The House of Mirrors and Hearts keeps its cards, and its audience, admirably close to its chest … Gillian Kirkpatrick’s voice stands alone … Her voice of seemingly limitless power inducing an impromptu round of applause.” – The Upcoming

★★★★ “I like that The House of Mirrors and Hearts knows exactly what it is; the show has style and brings something different to the table.” – West End Frame

“It is clear that much love and care has gone into nurturing this piece of musical theatre into life, in all its challenging, angular beauty … The music emerges as a thing of a jagged beauty” – There Ought To Be Clowns

“Has an uneasy and voyeuristic quality throughout, a haunting and beautifully realised exploration of family and grief.” – Bargain Theatre Land

Monday – Saturday evenings at 7:30pm
£19 / £15 concessions

Saturday matinees at 3:00pm
11 July, 18 July, 25 July – £17 / £14 concessions
1 August – £19 / £15 concessions

Opening performances (2-6 July) – All tickets £12

14 July, 21 July – Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport

Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Age guidance: 11+
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.

Cast

Graham Bickley
Gillian Kirkpatrick
Molly McGuire
Jamie Muscato
Grace Rowe

Text

Eamonn O’Dwyer & Rob Gilbert, Music & Lyrics by Eamonn O’Dwyer

Direction

Ryan McBryde

Musical Director

David Randall

Designer

David Woodhead

Sound Designer

Leigh Davies

Sound Designer

David Starmer

Lighting Designer

Matt Haskins
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020 7503 1646

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