Maggie May

Maggie May

3.3 (3) · Musicals

The first professional London production since its 1964 premiere of the hit British musical Maggie May


A hard-hitting celebration of working class life in Liverpool’s docks in the 1960s, Maggie May is the story of the doomed love affair between ‘street walker’ Maggie May Duffy and sailor Patrick Casey, the son of a union-martyr, initially reluctant but finally proud to assume his father’s mantle. Around them is a gallery of strongly-drawn characters: Willie Morgan, the corrupt demagogic union leader, Juddah, the ‘fixer’ and traitor, and Old Dooley, obsessed with past union struggles, all caught up in a allegoric musical drama with a devastating tragic climax.

Winner of the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Score of the Year, the show includes one the most musically diverse scores of the 1960s, ranging from bitter sweet ballads, Mersey Beat rock’n’roll, and classic chorus numbers from Lionel Bart, the man that Andrew Lloyd Webber described as “the father of the modern British musical”.

Revived by the National Youth Theatre in an acclaimed West End production in 1992, this is the first professional London production since its premiere 55 years ago at the Adelphi Theatre, London, starring Rachel Roberts, Kenneth Haigh and Barry Humphries. This production also commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart.

Critic reviews

Matthew Iliffe directs a sharp production, making the most of the minuscule traverse stage and managing not to overcrowd it with his 13-strong cast

Broadway World

Lionel Bart's musical knows how to show you a good time

The Guardian

A committed ensemble does its best to enliven a revival of Lionel Bart’s irredeemably glum musical

The Stage

There’s a reason this show hasn’t been seen since 1964 — it’s a mess

The Times

Lionel Bart’s 1964 musical about the Liverpool docks is certainly eventful, but it’s no Oliver!

Time Out

Marvellously sassy moves can't save problematic Sixties musical

Evening Standard

Director Matthew Iliffe runs a tight ship on a minimalist stage and this well-drilled cast has no weaknesses

Musical Theatre Review

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 27 Mar - Sat 20 Apr, 3pm & 7.30pm


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