Not long until Mel Giedroyc-starring musical Starter For Ten hits BristolPosted on: 06 Feb 2024
The former Bake-Off presenter and British national treasure, Mel was recently on BBC’s The One Show, discussing this exciting new musical – ‘Fingers on buzzers! Here’s your Starter for Ten’.
Starter For Ten runs at Bristol Old Vic from Thursday 29 February till Saturday 30 March 2024.
Based on the novel by David Nicholls and the HBO/Playtone film starring James McAvoy, Rebecca Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch and more; Starter For Ten features an irresistible original soundtrack inspired by the wild student scene of the 1980s with themes of love, belonging and the all-important difference between knowledge and wisdom.
What is eighteen-year-old Brian Jackson’s proudest achievement in his life so far? His A-level results. His idol? Kate Bush. His lifelong dream? To take part in the legendary TV quiz show University Challenge.
The scene is set in 1985 as Brian leaves his home in Southend to begin his first year at Bristol University, he soon discovers that falling in love and growing up take a lot more than just general knowledge.
Adapted from the hilarious novel from bestselling author David Nicholls and the star-studded rom-com movie, this is a bright and big-hearted musical with a book and lyrics from Emma Hall and Charlie Parham – who also directs. It also boasts a wonderful 80s-inspired score and lyrics by Hatty Carman and Tom Rasmussen.
Starter For Ten stars Adam Bregman (Sing Street, Huntington Theatre) as lovesick Essex boy, Brian; Mel Giedroyc (Company, Gielgud) as his mum Irene; Emily Lane as Brian’s unrequited crush Alice (Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane); and Robert Portal (The 39 Steps, West End) as renowned quizmaster, Bamber Gascoigne.
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Starter For Ten runs at Bristol Old Vic from Thursday 29 February till Saturday 30 March 2024 – secure your tickets, HERE.
For a comprehensive rundown of the Bristol Old Vic programme for 2024, head to the ‘What’s On’ section of the theatre’s website.
Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.