Petersfield Festival Hall will become a House of Fun this week when the curtain rises on a nutty musical.
If you’re a fan of Madness then it would an embarrassment to miss the Petersfield Theatre Group production of Our House.
The show is a must for any fan of the 1980s “nutty boys” as it mixes the genius music and lyrics of Madness with a storyline from playwright Tim Firth.
Expect to hear plenty of their most treasured songs, with a setlist including Baggy Trousers, House Of Fun, Wings Of A Dove, It Must Be Love, Driving In My Car, Night Boat To Cairo and more.
With an appealing romance of a storyline, a bucketload of fun and just a tinge of nostalgia, it’s a riotous, toe-tapper party of a production – a must-see for all the family.
Set in Camden Town, Our House tells the story of London lad Joe Casey, who takes the girl of his dreams on their first date on the night of his 16th birthday.
In an effort to impress her, he breaks into a building site owned by Mr Pressman, a high-end property developer.
The police turn up, and Joe faces a choice – is he ‘Good Joe’, who stays to face the music, or ‘Bad Joe’ who flees?
The musical’s story then follows both alternative courses. Will love triumph or do good guys always finish last?
“Our House not only showcases the iconic songs of Madness but also weaves a compelling tale,” said director Adam Collins.
“Themes such as choice and its consequences, the complexities of love and relationships, and the journey to self-discovery are all presented with wit and humour.
“As a jukebox musical, it stands within the prestigious ranks of such classics as We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia! and Rock Of Ages.”
Theatregoers have been promised an “immersive experience”, with the audience being transported to Camden Market Hall. The Festival Hall bar will masquerade as the Market Tavern and the Rose Room tea area will become the Camden Tea and Coffee House.
Fans can also sip on themed cocktails, gorge on rock cakes and vintage sweets, and wander among stalls and barrows to the sound of 80s ska and reggae courtesy of Vinyl Matters.
Street signs declaring: ‘No loitering’ and ‘No busking’ will add to the authenticity of the Cockney takeover.
A four-night run begins on November 22, with tickets starting at £14 for the opening show. Shows begin at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee showing on Saturday, November 25. For tickets visit One Tree Books or www.petersfieldtheatregroup.org