The University of Leicester Theatre is following its two sell-out successes - Macbeth and Ben Elton's Popcorn - with its biggest production of the season, Me and My Girl.
When the show opened in 1984 at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre it broke all box office records. It was nominated for 13 Tony awards in 1987, including Best Musical, and won three trophies. Me and My Girl also won the Lawrence Olivier award for Best Musical.
Actor Robert Lindsay, who won the Tony "Best Actor in a Musical" for his performance in the show, has sent a personal message to the University of Leicester Theatre wishing the company luck and offering encouragement in their production.
With book and lyrics by L Arthur Rowe and Douglas Furber and music by Noel Gay, Me and My Girl features plenty of hummable songs, including the show-stopper, The Lambeth Walk, which has the entire cast of 30 on stage for a rousing party scene. The version performed at the University has been updated by Stephen Fry and Michael Ockrent.
President of University of Leicester Theatre Simon Reilly said: "In Me and My Girl, written and set in 1930s England, when the gap between rich and poor was as great as it is today, cockney jokester, Bill Snibson is discovered to be the long-lost heir to the Hareford fortune. He'll only collect if he can convince the snobbies that he can cut the mustard, but good-time Bill is more likely to cut a rug in this hilarious look at a lowbrow import into high society.
"The main reason that he may never blend into the environs of the stately manor is his love for Sally Smith, his Lambeth Girl, whose first reaction to Hareford Hall - 'It's the bleedin' Odeon!' - says it all, as she stuffs crystal into her handbag.
"For sheer entertainment value, Me and My Girl delivers the goods with enough glorious singing, groaning puns and tap-happy dancers to win over the most jaded theatre audience."
Me and My Girl, performed by members of the University of Leicester Theatre and directed by Lucy Wade and Jen Leonard, will be at the Attenborough Tower Theatre, University of Leicester, (Entrance 2, University Road, Leicester) on 6, 7, 8 and 9 December 2000 at 7.30 pm. Tickets at £4.50 (£3.50 concession) are available via the credit card bookings line, 0116 252 2000, or on the door.
Note to Editors: Further information and free press tickets are available from Simon Reilly, President of the University of Leicester Theatre, telephone 07899 677135, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 0116 223 1112.
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