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Playboy of the West Indies

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A feel-good Caribbean calypso musical

An exuberant night amid palm trees” The Sunday Times


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

A joyful comedy packed full of life, vitality and Caribbean sunshine” whatsonstage ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now in this world premiere production the classic play has been transformed into a glorious new musical with a toe-tapping, finger-snapping score firmly rooted in the Caribbean. In Peggy’s rum bar in sleepy Mayaro village, a mysterious stranger stumbles in out of the darkness. With a voice like honey he tantalises the women and unnerves the men with a terrible story. As he weaves his magic spell on Peggy, her forthcoming nuptials to Stanley are thrown into doubt, and the village is plunged into uproar. While the women vie for this stranger’s attention, the men plot his downfall. Will events conspire to unmask his wild tales of derring-do?

This bright calypso musical, a feel-good reboot of Mustapha Matura’s play, features a tremendous cast and sweet duets” The Guardian

With an infectious score by Clement Ishmael (Five Guys Named Moe, The Lion King) and Dominique Le Gendre (Royal Opera House, Talawa Theatre) and co-direction from Nicolas Kent (Grenfell: Value Engineering, Ain’t Misbehavin) Playboy Of The West Indies transports you to the Caribbean in this witty, vibrant and joyful new musical.

An uplifting celebration of life… it’s hard not to leave smiling widely” ReviewsHub ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival.

Running time

2 hours and 35 minutes

Presented By

Birmingham 2022 Festival. Generously supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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

Supported By

The John S Cohen Foundation, the Kobler Trust and the 29th May 1961 Charity

Digital programme

View and download your digital programme here.

Access Performances

Captioned Performance: Sat 18 June

Audio Described Performance: Tue 21 June

BSL Performance: Fri 24 June

View and download the Access Pack here.

Group & Family Discounts

Groups of 10+ will get 10% off the ticket price,

Groups of 20+ will get 15% off the ticket price.

Groups of 50+ will get 20% off the ticket price.

To book, please call our box office team directly on 0121 236 4455. 

Fees and Charges

Please note there is a transaction fee of £2.50 on all payment types. Please click here for more information.

Audiences are loving this feel-good musical...

A production photo from Playboy Of The West Indies, showing the villagers standing outside Peggy's rum shop

Photo credit, Geraint Lewis

A production photo from Playboy Of The West Indies, showing Peggy and Ken looking into the audience blissfully

Photo credit, Geraint Lewis

A production photo from Playboy Of The West Indies showing Ken singing out to the audience underneath the moon

Photo credit, Geraint Lewis

The Cast

The Creative Team


Clement Ishmael
Nicolas Kent
Dominique Le Gendre


Nicolas Kent


Clement Ishmael
Dominique Le Gendre


Clement Ishmael
Nicolas Kent
Dominique Le Gendre
Mustapha Matura


Mustapha Matura

Choreographer & Movement Director

Ingrid Mackinnon

Fight Director

Yarit Dor


Michael Taylor

Costume Designer

Natalie Pryce

Lighting Designer

Matt Eagland

Sound Designer

Tony Gayle

Musical Director

Ian Oakley

Casting Director

Debbie O'Brien

Production Manager

Sam Paterson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Simone Sauphanor

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