Original artwork by John Couzens

Menier Chocolate Factory


David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions presents

La Cage aux Folles



Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Harvey Fierstein.
Director - Terry Johnson
Choreographer - Lynne Page
Set designer - David Farley
Costume designer – Matthew Wright
Wigs and make-up designer – Richard Mawbey
Lighting designer - David Howe
Orchestration and musical superviser – Jason Carr
Musical director – Nigel Lilley
Douglas Hodge                   Albin
Philip Quast                         Georges
Tara Hugo                            Jacqueline
Neil McDermott                   Jean-Michel
Jason Pennycooke            Jacob
Iain Mitchell                          Mssr Dindon
Una Stubbs                          Mme Dindon           
Based on a French play by Jean Poiret which was then made into a hugely successful film, La Cage aux Folles tells the story of Albin and Georges, two middle-aged lovers who run a drag nightclub in St. Tropez where Albin’s alter ego ‘ZaZa’ is the star attraction. The plot revolves around the complications that develop when Georges’ son announces that he is getting married -- to the daughter of a local moral crusader!  And her parents are coming to dinner to meet the future in-laws!
The original production opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on August 21, 1983. The show was destined to become the biggest new American musical of the decade. It ran for 1,761 performances and won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book of a Musical.  It opened in London at the Palladium on May 7, 1986 and ran for 301 performances.  The show’s song "I Am What I Am" became an instant hit in the pop charts and was recorded by a variety of artists, including Gloria Gaynor and Shirley Bassey.
Ticket holders for the three cancelled performances will be offered the opportunity to re-book for another performance or a refund.
La Cage aux Folles
Previews November 27th - December 11th
Press performance Thursday December 13th at 2pm
Booking until March 8th 2008
Tues – Sat 8pm
Sat and Sun 3.30pm
Ticket Prices £25
Meal deals £32.50
Box Office 020 7907 7060 (no bkg fee)
Online bookings (no bkg fee)
Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU, Nearest tube London Bridge
On street parking after 6.30pm







David Babani for
Chocolate Factory Productions presents

Maria Friedman:



March 19th - May 4th 08


Following the total sell out smash La Cage Aux Folles, the Menier Chocolate Factory is delighted to announce a new solo show from one of the UK’s best loved musical theatre performers. Maria Friedman: Re-arranged.

Accompanied by an 11-piece band, Maria Friedman will perform newly arranged versions of songs from the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Jacques Brel, Burt Bacharach, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, George Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, Randy Newman, Michel Legrand and Stevie Wonder.

Maria Friedman’s first solo show in London, first seen 13 years ago, By Special Arrangement, won its star an Olivier Award. She has won two other Oliviers for Ragtime and Sondheim’s Passion. Her other musical theatre credits include, The Woman in White, Chicago, Sunday in the Park With George, and Sweeney Todd in which she played Mrs Lovett opposite Bryn Terfel for the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall. She has also played three concert seasons at the world famous Café Carlyle in New York.

Maria’s specially created band will feature some of the UK’s very best soloists who between them will play over 50 different instruments. The Menier Chocolate Factory will provide a uniquely intimate atmosphere for what promises to be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the Spring.


Maria Friedman: Re-arranged
Menier Chocolate Factory
53 Southwark Street, London SE1 (nearest tube London Bridge)
Box Office 0207 907 7060
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3.30pm
No Saturday matinee performances
No performance Sunday 23rd March
Tickets £20, £17.50 concessions
Meal deal £27.50 (two courses pre theatre)