A week in the life of Teddy's Molly Chesworth

The 1950s-set musical opens in Newbury next week

Molly Chesworth in Teddy
Molly Chesworth in Teddy
© Ben Broomfield

Molly Chesworth is currently rehearsing for Teddy at the Watermill Theatre, which will embark on a UK tour (as well as a run at the Vaults in London) after concluding its run in Newbury.

Written by Tristan Bernays with music by Dougal Irvine, the musical is set in 1950s London and contains a number of well-known songs alongside original compositions, the show brings the post-war buzz to the stage in a live-gig performance.

We asked Chesworth to give us a look backstage at rehearsals, to see how the anarchic show is coming along.

1. Getting close and personal

MC: "George (playing Teddy) enjoying showing the team his flexing in rehearsals."

2. Walking into Friday like

MC: "Cutting some shapes in rehearsals with George (Teddy) and Dylan (Johnny Valentine)."

3. And flex…

MC: "Warm ups are extremely important, especially when doing such a physical show… particularly when you get to see each other whack out this bad boy."

4. Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts!

MC: "Our epic band feeling some cheeky Christmas cheer. I’d quite like to have this band on call for my personal needs so they could play a soundtrack to my life."

5. When Tristan came to stay

MC: "The writer of Teddy, Tristan Bernays, popped in to rehearsals to say hi and laugh at us, but he did bring us sweet treats…"

6. Touring tips…

MC: "On the way to the Watermill Theatre, Andy (Sammy ‘The Sticks’) showed us his favourite pastime when being on tour. Thanks for the tip mate."

7. Now we're a real band

MC: "Andy only slightly excited to get to put some banging signage on the kick drum."

Teddy runs at the Watermill from 11 January to 10 February before embarking on a UK tour.