Monster Raving Loony

A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production

Monster Raving Loony

  • By James Graham
  • Sat 14 May - Sat 18 Jun 2016, 7pm (2.30pm Sat matinees)
  • £10 - £20

‘Deliberately eccentric, full of boisterous vitality.’
★★★★ Evening Standard

With its UK première earlier this year at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth’s fast-paced, hilarious and (slightly) bonkers Monster Raving Loony brings its party fun and punkish anarchy to Soho Theatre. Using the life and exploits of Screaming Lord Sutch to examine the state of the nation and Britain’s post-war identity crisis, Samuel James reprises his critically acclaimed role as Sutch, a ventriloquist channelling the cultural voices around him.

Seen through the eyes of this one extraordinary man, James Graham displays his playwriting virtuosity and in his forensic, sardonic, finger on the pulse style, tells the story of Sutch through a cavalcade of comic characters from music hall to Monty Python, panto to Partridge. Can our British sense of humour begin to uncover who we are, where we have been and where we might be going next?

£12 (£10): Sat 14 – Mon 16 May (previews)
£17.50 (£15): Tue 17 May – Wed 1 Jun
£20 (£17.50): Thu 2 – Sat 18 Jun
£15 (£12.50): Matinees

Running Time: 1hr 40m approx
Age Recommendation: 12+

Q&A with James Graham & Simon Stokes
Sat 21 May, 4.15pm
Part of Red Button Theatre Events in association with Bertha Dochouse

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE
Fri 3 Jun, 7pm. Tickets £15. For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. Book tickets by calling the box office on 020 7478 0100

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
Wed 8 Jun, 7pm (Touch Tour at 5.45pm). Tickets £15. For people who are Blind or visually impaired. Book tickets by calling the box office on 020 7478 0100.

Warning: This production contains the use of a strobe effect

#MonsterRavingLoony

‘Simply brilliant theatre.’
★★★★★ What’s on Stage

‘Deliberately eccentric, full of boisterous vitality.’
★★★★ Evening Standard

‘The multi-tasking, multi-styling cast are phenomenally good.’
★★★★ Time Out

‘Sharp, canny and original piece of political theatre.’
★★★★ Financial Times

‘Simon Stokes’s exuberant production perfectly matches Graham’s writing.’
★★★★ Sunday Express

‘A riotous night out.’
★★★★ i

‘An entertaining show that slips in plenty of sharp insights into British politics and society.’
★★★★ British Theatre

‘Rip-roaring comedy.’
British Theatre Guide

‘An action-packed, idea-crammed, bespangled show… many of his policies — votes at 18, passports for pets, commercial radio — actually ended up happening. All politicians should go to this immediately.’
★★★★ Times

‘There are party hats and bingo cards. It has a punkish spirit, a trousers-down and fingers-up quality. An ingenious bit of writing.’
Stage

‘Graham has that rarest of gifts, pin-sharp comic timing.’
Guardian

Cast

Joseph Alessi, Joanna Brookes, Jack Brown , Samuel James, Vivienne Acheampong, Tom Attwood

Creative team

Writer
James Graham
Director
Simon Stokes
Composer/MD
Tom Attwood
Set & Costume Design
Bob Bailey
Lighting Design
Chahine Yavroyan
Video Design
Duncan McLean
Sound Design
Gregory Clarke
Guest Director
Cal McCrystal