On Sunday 4 September 2016 at 7.30pm there will be a very special Gala Charity Concert of Robert J. Sherman’s musical BUMBLESCRATCH at the Adelphi Theatre. This performance is in aid of Variety, the Children’s Charity, and is specially staged as part of commemorations for the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East End for four days from 2 to 5 September 1666.
BUMBLESCRATCH is a new musical comedy. Set in London during the Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666, it is told from the perspective of a demented, lascivious plague rat named Melbourne Bumblescratch, who demonstrates his unique and twisted love affair with the ancient city through telling his marvellously gruesome tales.
BUMBLESCRATCH had a workshop presentation at London’s Network Theatre in 2013, when Olivier Award winner Paul Baker took the title role and the lead child role of Perry was played by Sebastian Croft. Sebastian – now a rising star, who is currently appearing onscreen in Game of Thrones (Young Ned Stark) and Penny Dreadful and onstage in Trevor Nunn’s production of King John at the Rose Theatre, Kingston – is this week helping to launch BUMBLESCRATCH with an exclusive video announcement.
Next month, Sebastian will also perform extracts from BUMBLESCRATCH at the annual WEST END LIVE in Trafalgar Square and on 4 September he’ll be amongst the celebrity guests attending the gala for the musical’s West End premiere. This major concert presentation will feature a stellar line-up, with star casting to be announced soon.
BUMBLESCRATCH has music, lyrics and book by Robert J. Sherman, continuing the enduring legacy of his father and uncle, Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman, a.k.a The Sherman Brothers, the songwriting duo behind childhood classics including Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. It is directed by Stewart Nicholls, who also collaborated with Robbie Sherman on the critically acclaimed Love Birds and A Spoonful of Sherman.