It's the summer of 1962. The Glee Club, made up of five hard-working, hard-drinking miners and a church organist, are preparing for the local gala. Though they're established on the working men's club circuit, they aren't exactly at the vanguard of the musical revolution. But sometimes compassion and understanding, as well as bigotry and cowardice, can come from the most unlikely of places. Music and much else is about to change.
The show is directed by Bush artistic director Mike Bradwell, marking his 30th production for the theatre. It is designed by Bruce Macadie, with lighting by Rick Fisher and musical direction by Mia Soteriou.
As The Glee Club transfers, the anniversary season at the Bush, based in Shepherd's Bush, west London, continues with Tony Bicat's black comedy A Buyer's Market, directed by Gemma Bodinetz, and Mike Packer's Euro 2000-inspired A Carpet, a Pony and a Monkey, also directed by Bradwell. A 30th Anniversary Gala to raise more funds for the theatre and its schemes in support of new writing will take place on Sunday 28 April 2002. For more information, call The Bush on 020 7602 3703.
- by Terri Paddock