In association with Snapdragon Productions
Elephant and Castle, London. 1956. Saturday night.
Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n’ roll.
From the writer-director team behind Boudica at the Globe and Frankenstein at The Watermill Theatre and Wilton’s Music Hall in London comes Teddy, an award-winning, punchy new musical that races through the dark and damaged world of post-war London: a brand new Britain bombed to bits by the Blitz, belts tight with austerity, but ripe and ready for revolution.
With electrifying original songs plus some of the hugest hits from the 1950s performed by the on-stage live band Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts, Teddy is the ultimate story of teenage rebellion and the birth of a new musical era. Bursting with the energy of a live gig, this is theatre that leaves you on a high and jiving all the way home.
Please note this production contains strong language. Please also be aware that there will be one gunshot effect during the performance.
Approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute interval
Listen to some of the original songs from Teddy
Directed by Eleanor Rhode
Musical direction by Harrison White
Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves
Set design by Max Dorey
Lighting design by Christopher Nairne
Sound design by Max Pappenheim
Costume design by Holly Rose Henshaw
Casting Director Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting
Training: The Oxford School of Drama
Theatre includes: If and When (Soho Theatre); As You Like It (Sam Wanamaker Festival at The Globe); The Lights (The Royal Court).
Roles whilst training: Barblin in Andorra, Maria in Twelfth Night, Peggy in The London Cuckolds, Natalya in A Month in the Country.
Other credits: For the Time Being (BBC Radio 4)
Sammy ‘The Sticks’ Smith
Theatre includes: Mortimer Senior, Edward II (Lazarus Theatre Company); Prince/Paris, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in the Squares); Mick Avory, Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour); David Copperfield/Nicholas Nickelby, Adam Long's Dickens Abridged (UK Tour); Hugh Dorsey, Parade (Hope Mill Theatre); Fosco, Saturday Night Fever (Theatre Royal Bath); Prince Charming, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Stockport Plaza); Expectations Guys, The Theory of Relativity (The Drayton Arms Theatre); Joey, Sister Act (Aberystwyth Arts Centre); Royal Messenger/Drummer, Cinderella - the Rock n' Roll Panto (City Varieties Music Hall); Swing, Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre).
Credits during training include: Betram, All's Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre - Sam Wanamaker Festival 2012); Johnny Brash, The Great Backstage Musical; Lucius Andronicus, Titus Andronicus; Isador Straus, Titanic: The Musical.
George studied Drama at Manchester University and is a recent graduate of the Drama Centre where credits included: I Am Yusuf And This Is My Brother, Pericles, The Country Girl, The Hothouse, The Seagull, A Clockwork Orange.
Other theatre includes: A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess Theatre); Butterfly Kiss (John Thaw Theatre); Motortown/Oedipus Rex (Edinburgh Festival).
Theatre includes: The Malcontent (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre); C'est La Vie...Sarah Bernhardt And Me (On The Brink Theatre).
Film includes: Bliss! (Bliss Films); Les Miserables (Working Title); Jane Eyre (Ruby Films) and Creation (Recorded Picture Company).
TV includes: The Life & Adventures Of Nick Nickleby (BBC/ Kindle Entertainment).
Freya voiced various characters in The Secret Files Of The BBC (BBC).
Theatre includes: Electric Eden (Shanghai Arts Festival); King Lear (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal); Snow Queen (Bristol Old Vic Theatre Royal).
Theatre whilst training includes: The Tempest, The Wind in the Willows, Julius Caesar, The Beaux Stratagem, We’ve Got To Get To Bethlehem, Three Sisters, Henry IV, The School For Scandal, The Events, Flare Path, The Promise, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bye Bye Birdie.
Harrison began his musical career in the world of rock and/or roll as a teenager. A lover of all styles of music, Harrison began working as a guitarist or pianist in amateur dramatics societies and college productions of shows soon after leaving school. As Musical Director/Buster Watson in the original 2015 production of Teddy, Harrison moved into the professional world. Since then, he has collaborated with composer Dougal Irvine on The Snow Queen at the Royal, Northampton and Angry Birds throughout its development at venues like The Park Theatre and The Other Palace.
Harrison has been a tutor and MD/Composer at Mountview Academy, Morley College and briefly at ALRA, whilst tutoring privately and maintaining a busy touring schedule with his Progressive Rock band, Novena.