Nikolai works and lives with Ludmilla, a housewife who stays at home dreaming of romance. Moscow has a housing shortage, so when Volodya arrives with nowhere to live he is invited to share the coupleâs cramped quarters with surprising results. This enchanting three-character "silent movie musical", based on Abram Room's scandalous 1926 Russian film comedy, is an elegant homage to the genre. Using only the words taken from title cards in the film, itâs a truly unique piece of music theatre that brings to life a menage-a-trios with a twist. Played without an interval, its whimsical score and haunting libretto is at once both comedic and heartbreaking. European Premiere. Bed and Sofa
originally premiered at the Vineyard Theatre in New York, where it garnered two Obie Awards (including Distinguished Music) and seven Drama Desk nominations (including Best Musical). It has since been revived several times off-Broadway and across America. This new production at the Finborough Theatre marks the European premiere of this captivating and innovative piece.Performers Alastair Brookshaw, Kaisa Hammarlund, Alastair Parker, Penelope Keith (voice - The Announcer).
Music Polly Pen. Lyrics Laurence Klavan (based on the film by Abram Room). Producer Take Note Theatre Ltd. Producer Claire Evans (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Luke Sheppard. Musical Director Candida Caldicot. Design David Woodhead. Director Lucy Cullingford (movement). Costume Simon Anthony Wells. Lighting Howard Hudson. Sound Edward Lewis.