What's New Pussycat?
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By Joe DiPietro
Get ready for music, mods and rocking romance in this brand-new musical comedy inspired by the classic Henry Fielding novel The History of Tom Jones. Written by Tony Award winning, Joe Di Pietro and featuring the iconic songs of Sir Tom Jones, this hilarious new show invites you to relive London’s swinging sixties in all its delicious excess.
It’s 1965 and ladies’ man Tom Jones arrives in London with a broken heart, but he also has big dreams and a big voice. He quickly discovers an exciting world of mods and miniskirts, dancing and decadence, but most of all…incredible music. Romance and adventure await, but will Tom ever be reunited with his one true love, who seems more interested in designing for Carnaby Street than in being Mrs. Tom Jones?
Written by 2-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis The Musical), and directed by Luke Sheppard, whose & Juliet has taken the West End by storm. The show is choreographed by the legendary Arlene Phillips DBE and will feature an eye-popping array of dazzling ’60’s fashions.
You’ll hear all of Sir Tom Jones greatest hits including Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s Not Unusual, Leave Your Hat On, Delilah, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and, of course, What’s New Pussycat?
★★★★★ “Zesty, witty, fun” Telegraph
★★★★★ “Truly wonderful” WhatsOnStage
★★★★★ “Filled with fun and sass” Birmingham Mail
★★★★ “Sheer, high-voltage fun” Guardian
★★★★ “Top-class popular entertainment” Daily Mail
Book now for the musical comedy event you’ve been waiting for!
2 hours and 20 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre in association with Flody Suarez and Kilimanjaro Theatricals
Suitable for ages 12+
Socially Distanced Performances
Sun 31 Oct 2.30pm
Tue 2 Nov 7.30pm
Fri 5 Nov 7.30pm
Wed 10 Nov 7.30pm
BSL Interpreted Performance: Tue 2 Nov, 7.30pm
Captioned Performance: Tue 9 Nov, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Wed 10 Nov, 7.30pm
Fees & Charges
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Dominic Andersen is an actor. He is playing Tom Jones in What’s New Pussycat?
Bronté Barbé is an actor. She is playing Mary Western in What’s New Pussycat?
Ashley Campbell is an actor. He is playing Mr Partridge in What’s New Pussycat?
Julius D’Silva is an actor. He is playing Lord Allworthy in What’s New Pussycat?
Rebekah Hinds is an actor. She is playing The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress in What’s New Pussycat?
Harry Kershaw is an actor. He is playing William Blifil in What’s New Pussycat?
Kelly Price is an actor. She is playing Lady Bellaston in What’s New Pussycat?
Melanie Walters is an actor. She is playing Mrs Western in What’s new Pussycat?
Tom Francis is an actor. He plays Mod Singer and is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies Tom Jones.
Naomi Katiyo is an actor. She is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress.
Lemuel Knights is an actor. He play Big Mickey and ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies Mr Partridge.
David Mairs-McKenzie is an actor. He is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat?
Lisa Mathieson is an actor. She is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies Lady Bellaston and Mrs Western.
Fallon Mondlane is an actor. She is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies Mary Western.
Jena Pandya is an actor. She is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat?
Nathan Rigg is an actor. He is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat? and understudies William Blifil.
Owen Saward is an actor. He is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat?
Carrie Willis is an actor. She is in the ensemble of What’s New Pussycat?
Alison Driver is an actor. She is the swing for What’s New Pussycat?
Danny Fogarty is an actor. He is a swing for What’s New Pussycat?
The Creative Team
Joe DiPietro has won two Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.
He is happy to return to Birmingham Rep, where his Tom Jones musical, “What’s New, Pussycat?” recently premiered. His new play, Babbitt, starring Matthew Broderick, debuts in November at LaJolla Playhouse.
Some of his other shows include Memphis (2010 Tony Award for Best Musical); Nice Work If You Can Get It (10 Tony nominations); The Toxic Avenger (OCC Award – Best off-Broadway Musical); Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Off-Broadway Alliance Award – Best Musical) I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest-running musical revue in off-Broadway history); as well as the much-produced comedies Clever Little Lies and Over the River and Through the Woods, among others. His musical Diana can be seen on Netflix and will make its UK premiere in a special concert presentation this December on the West End.
Luke Sheppard is a director. He is director of What’s New Pussycat?
Dame Arlene Phillips DBE
Dame Arlene Phillips DBE is a showbusiness legend. She is choreographer on What’s New Pussycat?
Matthew Brind is a composer, arranger and conductor. He is Musical Supervisor/Orchestrator on What’s New Pussycat?
Jon is a multi-award winning stage designer. Originally trained as a classical musician, Jon retrained on the Motley Theatre Design Course in 2000. Since then he has designed extensively in dance, opera and theatre worldwide. He designed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and the kinetic sculpture to light the flame for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
His theatre work is known for its large-scale visual impact and transformational concepts with strong dramaturgical narratives; from kinetic post-apocalyptic sets for musicals such as Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum/Dominion Theatre/Metronom Theatre, Germany/Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto/New York City Center Theater), to a circus-themed box of tricks for The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic/Trafalgar Studios), winner of Best Design at the UK Theatre awards, a crashed Boeing 737 for Lord of the Flies (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), to a 1 ½ mile long immersive set in the Welsh countryside for MAMETZ (National Theatre of Wales), winner of best design National Theatre awards and Wales Theatre awards. As an associate artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company he has designed numerous productions including Hamlet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale and the entire 2012 Shipwrecked season.
Janet Bird was born and grew up in Cardiff and is now based in London. She received an MA in Scenography from Wimbledon School of Art and has designed theatre productions all over the world.
Janet’s design for theatre includes What’s New Pussycat? (Birmingham Rep), Paper, Talent, Guys And Dolls, Kiss Me Kate, Wizard Of Oz, and Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield), Milky Peaks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Much Ado About Nothing (Clwyd), Our Lady of Blundellsands (Liverpool Everyman), Abigail’s Party (UK Tour), Enjoy (West End/ UK tour), The Madness of George III (Royal, Bath / West End/ UK Tour), The Merry Wives of Windsor (US Tour), A Comedy of Errors, and Holding Fire (Shakespeare’s Globe), Adult Supervision (Park), Ken, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Trafalgar Studios), Alphabetical Order (UK Tour), and The Argument (Hampstead), Uncle Vanya (St James), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air), Mad Man (Plymouth Drum), A Taste of Honey, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Age of Arousal, and Long Day’s Journey into Night (Edinburgh Lyceum), The BFG and Lighthearted Intercourse (Octagon, Bolton), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Dundee Rep), The History Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse / UK Tour), Way Upstream (Salisbury Playhouse), A Doll’s House (Exeter Northcott), Hay Fever (Guthrie, Minneapolis), Single Spies and The Adventures of Woundman and Shirley (Royal, Bath / UK Tour), Tell Me on a Sunday (UK Tour), Longwave (Lyric Hammersmith), and The Rocky Horror Show (West End/ UK Tour).
Howard Hudson is a lighting designer. He is lighting designer on What’s New Pussycat?
Akhila trained at the Royal College of Art and the National Institute of Design in India. She was previously Senior Designer at 59 Productions.
Theatre includes Grenfell: In The Words of Survivors, Our Generation (National Theatre); Assassins (Chichester Festival Theatre); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Pittsburgh CLO); Mandela, Chasing Hares (Young Vic); Come Fall In Love: The DDLJ Musical (Old Globe); What’s New Pussycat? (Birmingham Rep); The Two Character Play (Hampstead Theatre); Oliver Twist (Leeds Playhouse/Ramps on the Moon); While You Are Here (The Place/Dance East); Maggot Moon (Unicorn Theatre).
Opera includes The Handmaid’s Tale, The Rhinegold, The Valkyrie (ENO); Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wiener Staatsoper); The Wreckers (Glyndebourne); Samson et Dalila, The Knife of Dawn, Echoes at the Gate, 8bit (Royal Opera House).
Live Broadcast and Direction includes POD, Lifesongs (Guildhall).
Event design includes Sound of Colour (Arthouse Jersey); UpNext (National Theatre Fundraising Gala)
Gareth Owen is a sound designer. He is sound designer on What’s New Pussycat?
Josh Sood is a musical director and orchestrator. He is musical director on What’s New Pussycat?
Dale White is a performer, director and choreographer. He is associate choreographer on What’s New Pussycat?
Associate Lighting Designer
Tom Mulliner is a freelance lighting programmer. He is associate lighting designer on What’s New Pussycat?
Video Systems Designer and Technical Associate
Maximilien Spielbichler is video systems designer and tehchnical associate for What’s New Pussycat?
Associate Sound Designer
Matt Peploe is associate sound designer on What’s New Pussycat?
Priya Patel Appleby
Priya Patel Appleby is a director. She is assistant director on What’s New Pussycat?
Assistant Musical Director
Joe Beighton is a musical director and musical supervisor. He is assistant musical director on What’s New Pussycat?
Assistant Set Designer
Jack Valentine is a designer. He is assistant set designer for What’s New Pussycat?
Assistant Lighting Designer
Charly Dunford is a lighting designer. She is assistant lighting designer for What’s New Pussycat?
Assistant Sound Designer
Jowan Mead is a musician, songwriter and producer. They are assistant sound designer on What’s New Pussycat?
Georgia Clegg creates video content for theatre, live events and immersive experiences. She is an animator for What’s New Pussycat?
Lawrence Watson is an animator for What’s New Pussycat?
Simon Marlow is a production manager and previously stage manager. He is production manager on What’s New Pussycat?
Yvonne Milnes is Costume Supervisor for What’s New Pussycat?
Wig, Hair and Make-Up Supervisor
Sam Cox is a wig maker. He is wig, hair and makeup supervisor on What’s New Pussycat?
Duncan Hammond creates props and special effects. He is props supervisor for What’s New Pussycat?
Sarah Harkins is casting assistant for Coming To England.
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