At midnight on the 20th March 2020 Theatres across the UK were ordered to close their doors in response to help fight the spread of Covid-19.
As the doors slowly begin to re-open we are proud to announce the WORLD PREMIER of “The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi” will be coming to the Kenneth More Theatre in May 2021.
The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he completely transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin's tramp or Tommy Cooper's magician. One of the first celebrity comedians, his friends included Lord Byron and the actor Edmund Kean, and his memoirs were edited by the young Charles Dickens.
But underneath the stage paint, Grimaldi struggled with depression and his life was blighted with tragedy. His first wife died in childbirth and his son would go on to drink himself to death. The outward joy and tomfoolery of his performances masked a dark and depressing personal life, and instituted the modern figure of the glum, brooding comedian.
Joseph Grimaldi left an indelible mark on the English theatre and the performing arts, but his legacy is one of human struggle, battling demons and giving it his all in the face of adversity.
Book: Andrew McConnell Stott
Music and Lyrics: Daniel and Laura Curtis
Producers: David Ashford, Hundred Acre Productions & Daniel Curtis
Director: Fraser Stainton (Hundred Acre Productions)
Choreographer: Georgia Benson (Hundred Acre Productions)
At Hundred Acre Productions we aim to support as many people as possible, young rising stars, Performing Arts Graduates, and all those effected by the Covid-19 Pandemic by creating performing opportunities.
Your kind donation will enable Hundred Acre Productions to bring this exciting new musical to life, in line with government guidance on social distancing and theatres re-opening.