From Broadway to Birmingham…and beyond! We are thrilled to be co-producing the highly anticipated UK premiere of Something Rotten! at the Birmingham Rep this Autumn – “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out NY).
In 1595, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom dream of writing a hit play, but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance writer/rock star William Shakespeare himself. When a local soothsayer foretells the future of theatre – a dazzling mix of singing, dancing and acting at the same time – the pair set out to write the world’s first MUSICAL! Forsaking all in their bid for fame, and amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers finally realise that real success means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz.
Described as “The Producers meets Spamalot meets The Book of Mormon… squared” (New York Magazine) and directed by The REP’s Artistic Director Sean Foley (Upstart Crow in the West End) and choreographed by Carrie-Ann Ingrouille (Six The Musical), Something Rotten! is a side-splitting and toe-tapping tribute to theatre itself. Musicals had to start somewhere – and this one’s starting in Birmingham!