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From the composer of Half A Sixpence, a joyous musical celebration of Hollywood's glorious era of silent film - beginning in 1912 when disreputable "flickers" are shown in fleapits and no self-respecting actor will appear in them, and ending in 1927 with movies now a glamorous, multi-million dollar industry and the first talking pictures signal the doom of silent films. In a breath taking sweep of just fifteen years, the great innovative directors created filmmaking as we know it today, ground breaking movie moguls laid the foundations of the entertainment industry, and trail blazing actors launched the Hollywood star system. Weaving together the heartbreaks and triumphs of the flawed genius director D. W. Griffith and the first movie stars Lilian Gish and Mary Pickford, The Biograph Girl is a love letter to the stardust and scandals of the silent movie era. The libretto has been especially revised for this production by its original co-writer Warner Brown and includes - for the very first time - the reintroduction of songs cut from the West End premiere production. Performers Matthew Cavendish (Sennett), Lauren Chinery (Dorothy Gish), Joshua C Jackson (Epping), Emily Langham (Lillian Gish), Jonathan Leinmuller (D W Griffith), Sophie Linder-Lee (Mary Pickford), JasonMorell (Bitzer/Zukor), Charlie Ryall (Rose), Nova Skipp (Momma). Book byWarner Brown.LyricsWarner Brown.LyricsDavid Heneker.MusicDavid Heneker.Presented byMercurius (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre).DirectorJenny Eastop.Musical DirectorAnna Yates.ChoreographerHolly Hughes.DesignAnna Yates.LightingAli Hunter.