Notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde coming to Potters Bar
PUBLISHED: 19:19 13 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:39 13 October 2018
Green Room Productions
Bonnie and Clyde are coming to Potters Bar in a musical production about the notorious outlaws.
Look out for this girl wearing a beret and the chap with a cap – they’re Bonnie and Clyde and they are on their way to Potters Bar.
Some of the county’s finest musical theatre performers will be presenting the regional amateur premiere of Bonnie and Clyde the Musical at the Wyllyotts Theatre next month.
Staged by Green Room Productions, the story of Bonnie and Clyde, America’s most notorious outlaw lovers on the run, is an electrifying one that captured the attention of an entire country.
Many will recall the 1967 film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, which remains a classic of American New Wave cinema.
Georgie Fame’s single The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde, the lyrics of which tell of Bonnie and Clyde’s exploits, was inspired by the movie and reached No 1 in the UK Singles Chart in the same year.
The stage musical, which premiered in 2009 in America, takes a different approach to Arthur Penn’s movie.
Based on the story of real-life fugitives Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow, the musical tells the tale of two small-town kids who, at the height of the Great Depression, become the biggest folk heroes in all America.
It opens with young Bonnie singing of her desire to be the next ‘It Girl’, movie star Clara Bow, while young Clyde sings of his desire to be the next Al Capone.
The show has a fabulous score by Frank Wildhorn (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll and Hyde), which adapts various musical styles of the 1930s, combining rockabilly, ragtime, blues, gospel, and country and western.
Green Room chairman Alastair Woodgate said: “At a time of poverty, foreclosures, bread lines and soup kitchens, Bonnie and Clyde represented the ultimate outsiders, revolting against big business, government officials and an uncaring system.
“The show tackles this strong subject sensitively but also takes the opportunity for a few tongue-in-cheek moments, balancing a gritty story with a great deal of humour and classic one-liners.”
Caroline Fitch and Stewart Jordan take on the roles of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
Stewart said: “These are dream roles for performers and Caroline and I have had a fabulous time rehearsing.”
Caroline added: “We can’t wait to portray these characters on the Wyllyotts stage.
“It has been fascinating studying the background to these two lovers and a rewarding experience to bring them to life.”
Caroline and Stewart are joined by Jemma Puri and Sam Gaines in the roles of Blanche and Buck Barrow and a cast of 28 performers.
• Tickets for Bonnie and Clyde are available from the Green Room box office on 07531 122206 or at www.greenroomproductions.co.uk
The show runs from Tuesday, November 6 to Saturday, November 10 at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
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