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Playboy of the West Indies

It’s 1952Peggy runs a small bar in the sleepy village of Mayaro. Mikey, her father, is about to set out, well-soused on rum, for a wake with his fisherman friends. It is the eve of Trinidad’s Discovery Day celebrations, and the villagers are looking forward to tomorrow’s Calypso competition on the beach.

Out of the darkness a mysterious stranger stumbles into the rum shop. With a voice like honey – tantalising the girls, he tells a terrible story. As he weaves his magic spell on Peggy, her forthcoming nuptials to Stanley are thrown into doubt, and the village is in uproar.

While the women vie for this stranger’s attention, the men plot his downfall. Will the “Playboy” win the Calypso competition or will events conspire to unmask his wild tales of derring -do?

Based on the Irish Classic The Playboy Of The Western World by John Millington Synge, Mustapha Matura’s hilarious reinvention Playboy Of The West Indies has been delighting audiences and critics alike world-wide for over 35 years.

And now bursting with songs this classic play has been transformed into a glorious NEW Musical: a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score with romantic ballads all firmly rooted in the Caribbean by Clement Ishmael (Five Guys Named MoeAint’ Misbehaving and The Lion King) and Dominique Le Gendre (Royal Opera House, Shakespeare Globe Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company) with co-direction from Mustapha Matura’s friend and collaborator, Nicolas Kent (Value Engineering: Scenes from the Grenfell Inquiry, The Colour Of Justice and Tricycle Theatre).


Presented by

A Birmingham Rep and Nick of Time co-production

Written By

Mustapha Matura with music by Clement Ishmael & Dominique Le Gendre and lyrics by Clement Ishmael, Dominique Le Gendre and Nicolas Kent

Directed by

Clement Ishmael, Nicolas Kent and Dominique Le Gendre

Access Performances

Captioned Performance: Sat 18 June

Audio Described Performance: Tue 21 June

BSL Performance: Fri 24 June

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The Creative Team

Director and Co-producer

Clement Ishmael
Nicolas Kent
Dominique Le Gendre


Clement Ishmael


Dominique Le Gendre


Clement Ishmael
Nicolas Kent
Dominique Le Gendre


Mustapha Matura
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