Tuesday, July 26

Full cast including Michael Xavier, Jessica Martin and Darren Day for Bumblescratch Charity Gala

Updated 4th August:  The full cast has now been announced: The 13-strong company will include twelve-year-old Ilan Galkoff (Matilda, Oliver!) in the lead child role of Perry, which was created in the 2013 workshop by Sebastian Croft

Other cast members announced include Jacob Chapman/Socrates (Sunset Boulevard at ENO, Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse), Teddy Moynihan/Squabbler  and Cathy Read/Thamesa.

The full ensemble includes Alistair Barron, James Dangerfield, Emma Harrold, Katie Kerr, Jessie May and Dickie Wood.



Bumblescratch is a new sung-through musical comedy, written by Robert J. Sherman, which is being performed  London's Adelphi Theatre for one night only in aid of Variety – The Children’s Charity on Sunday 4th September at 6:30 pm.

Casting so far includes Darren Day in the title role of Melbourne Bumblescratch, with  Michael Xavier, fresh from Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close playing Hookbeard and Jessica Martin, recently seen in Elf as Bethesda and Widow MacGregor.

Bumblescratch is set in London during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666 and told from the perspective of a demented, lascivious plague rat named Melbourne Bumblescratch, who demonstrates his unique and twisted love affair with the ancient city through telling his marvellously gruesome tales.

This major West End concert presentation  is specially staged as part of commemorations for the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East End for four days from 2nd to 5th September 1666.

Bumblescratch has music, lyrics and book by Robert J. Sherman, continuing the enduring legacy of his father and uncle, Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, aka The Sherman Brothers, the songwriting duo behind childhood classics including Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. It is directed by Stewart Nicholls, who also collaborated with Robbie Sherman on the critically acclaimed Love Birds and A Spoonful of Sherman.

Lighting will be by David W. Kidd with sound by Andy Johnson, set/costume by Gabiella Slade and musical direction by Tom Kelly.


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