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Original date  05/03/14

Pulling Focus Ltd for the Tabard Theatre presents: You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Directed by Anthony Drewe Based on the comic stripPeanuts by Charles M Schulz

TABARD THEATRE, Tues 4th – Sun 30th Oct 2011

West End lyricist Anthony Drewe (Betty Blue Eyes, Honk!, Mary Poppins) directs this Tony and Drama Desk award winning musical, featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the other much loved characters of the Peanuts comic strips by Charles M. Schultz. This London premiere of the revised Broadway version follows last Christmas’s successful run of Stiles and Drewe’s Just So and stars Oliver Award winner Leanne Jones (Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray) and Hayley Gallivan (Spring Awakening) as Lucy and Sally.

Though considered a ‘good man’ by his friends, Charlie Brown has never been able to keep a kite in the air, never successfully kicked a football and can’t seem to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl. As the Peanuts gang make their way through the day, Charlie wonders what being a good man means as he sees Schroeder’s passion for Beethoven, Linus’s complex about his blanket and Snoopy’s ace flying ability.  With the help of his friends, Charlie comes to realise what makes them all truly happy.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown was written in 1967 by Clark Gesner and played over 1500 performances. A new revised version was presented on Broadway in 1999 with new songs and additional dialogue added by Michael Mayer and Andrew Lippa. This fresh version won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical and also won Tony Awards for Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.

Anthony Drewe has directed several shows including the Watermill Theatre’s production of Snoopy, the Musical. Anthony is best known for his collaborations with composer George Stiles on West End musicals such as Betty Blue Eyes and Mary Poppins, as well as Honk! and Just So. / Running Time: 2hrs including interval

Company Info
Director: Anthony Drewe                            Designer: Simon Wells
Design Consultant: Peter McKintosh      Musical Director: Elliot Davis
Assistant MD: Chris Huntley                     Choreographer: Nick Winston
Lighting Designer: David Holmes           Producers: Pulling Focus Ltd for the Tabard Theatre

Charlie Brown Lewis Barnshaw              Snoopy Mark Anderson             Schroeder Nathaniel Morrison
Lucy Leanne Jones                                    Linus Adam Ellis                        Sally Hayley Gallivan

Listings information:
Venue:              Tabard Theatre
Address:           2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW
Dates:               4th – 30th October 2011
Times:              7.30pm Tues-Sat, 4.00pm Sat, 2.30pm Sun
Price:                £18 (£16 concs)
Box Office: | 0208 995 6035
Transport:        Turnham Green Tube Station, buses 27,94,267,337,391, E3, H91

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