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Musical Parody UNFORTUNATE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH Announces London And Tour Venues


10 August 2023

PRESENTED BY WILDPARK ENTERTAINMENT AND DIANNE ROBERTS 

BOOK AND LYRICS BY ROBYN GRANT & DANIEL FOXX AND MUSIC BY TIM GILVIN 

Critically acclaimed musical parody UNFORTUNATE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH is set to  return this December following its highly successful 2022 UK tour. With an original hot pop soundtrack  and trademark filthy humour, the production will splash into Southwark Playhouse Elephant for  10 weeks this winter before swimming across the UK through to summer 2024. Tickets are now on  sale for most venues with more to be announced soon. With a new script and production, the latest  version of this hit show is bigger, bolder and sexier than ever before. 

When Disney released The Little Mermaid in 1989, they had no idea they were giving birth to an icon.  Ursula the Sea Witch quickly took her place as the queen of Disney villains: a pop culture legend and  a feminist badass. She’s loud. She’s clever. She’s a ruthless businesswoman, and oh boy, is she sexy.  Sexy, and unapologetically plus-sized. She’s not defined by slipper-sized feet, or enchanted blonde  hair, or snow-white skin. Ursula is plump, purple and proud. A queer icon with a message for us poor  unfortunate souls: love the skin you’re in, value your voice over your body, and don’t be afraid to be  a little bit nasty. Cruella told her side, and Maleficent’s had her moment… Now the legendary sea  witch is ready to spill in this tell-all tale of sex, sorcery and suckers - a laugh-a-minute dive through  Ursula’s backstory filled with a filthy pop soundtrack, much loved characters as you’ve never seen  them before and enough (eco-friendly) glitter to keep you sparkling all the way home. Gather up your  merfriends; it’s going to be one hell of a beach party. 

 

 

The smash-hit show was written by Robyn Grant and Daniel Foxx, with music by award-winning  composer and musicals-writer Tim Gilvin. Robyn, who will also be directing Unfortunate, is a Leeds born director, writer and performer who specialises in comedy with a passion for creating exciting  roles for women. Her work has won and been nominated for several awards. She is currently the assistant/resident director on 2:22 - A Ghost Story at the Lyric theatre in the West End. Daniel is an award winning comedian and writer from London. On screen, he has performed on BBC One, BBC Three and  Comedy Central UK, whilst his comedy sketch videos have earned him a huge online following and  tens of millions of views. On stage, Daniel has provided tour support for Josh Widdicombe, Rosie  Jones, Judi Love and Sofie Hagen. Tim’s previous musicals include Stay Awake, Jake (The Other  Palace 2014, Vault 2016, Southwark Playhouse 2020) and Help! We Are Still Alive (Seven Dials  Playhouse, 2022). He also has other shows in development with various companies including Royal  and Derngate and Perfect Pitch. 

The creative team includes set, costume and puppet designer Abby Clarke (nominated for the Linbury  Prize 2019, Stage Debut Awards 2019), choreographer Melody Sinclair (Associate Choreographer Six) and musical director Arlene McNaught (Six, Assistant MD for We Will Rock You). Flying and effects  will be done by John Maddox for Suspended Illusions (Newsies, Ocean at the End of the Lane). Casting  is by Sarah Leung CDG (Allegiance, To Wong Foo the Musical). 

LISTINGS 

Southwark Playhouse Elephant 

Friday 8th December 2023 - Saturday 17th February 2024 

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 19.45 

Thursday & Saturday: 14.30 & 19.45 

Friday: 17.00 & 20.30 

Matinee and early evening shows alternate each week, please check the website for the full schedule. southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

The Lowry, Manchester

Thursday 22nd February - Saturday 2nd March 2024 

Liverpool Playhouse 

Tuesday 5th March - Saturday 9th March 2024 

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen – on sale soon 

Tuesday 12th March - Saturday 16th March 2024

The Orchard Theatre, Dartford 

Tuesday 19th March - Saturday 23rd March 2024 

Birmingham Hippodrome 

Thursday 11th April - Saturday 13th April 2024  

New Theatre, Peterborough 

Tuesday 16th April - Saturday 20th April 2024  

The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow 

Tuesday 30th April - Saturday 4th May 2024  

New Theatre, Cardiff 

Tuesday 7th May - Saturday 11th May 2024  

Palace Theatre, Southend 

Tuesday 28th May - Saturday 1st June 2024  

Churchill Theatre, Bromley – on sale soon 

Tuesday 18th June - Saturday 22nd June 2024  

Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Monday 24th June - Saturday 29th June 2024 

More dates and casting to be announced soon. 

Tickets from £16 

Running time: To be confirmed  

Age Guidance: 16+ contains strong language, partial nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and flashing lights. 

Website: unfortunatemusical.com 

Follow UNFORTUNATE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF URSULA THE SEA WITCH on Facebook: @UnfortunateMusical and Instagram: @Unfortunate_Musical

CREATIVE TEAM 

Book & Lyrics – Robyn Grant & Daniel Foxx 

Music, Arrangements and Orchestrations – Tim Gilvin 

Director – Robyn Grant 

Set, Costume & Puppet Designer – Abby Clarke 

Choreographer – Melody Sinclair 

Musical Director – Arlene McNaught 

Flying – John Maddox for Suspended Illusions

Casting Director – Sarah Leung CDG 

Make-Up Designer – Maya Lewis 

Production Manager – Titch Gosling 

Assistant Director – Stephenson Ardern-Sodje 

2022 PRAISE FOR ‘UNFORTUNATE’ 

 “Laugh out loud funny” – Manchester Evening News  

 “This is the story of our favourite Disney villain as you’ve never seen her before – but definitely  wish you had; a tale of scandal, sex and sorcery that you won’t want to miss” – Upstaged Manchester  “A Cult Show is Born!” – Liverpool Theatres  

 “Damn near perfection” – Theatre Weekly 

 “A must see – ready for the West End” – Fringe Review 

 “Unstoppable, mesmerising genius” – Broadway Baby 

 “Does to The Little Mermaid what Wicked did to The Wizard of Oz” – Musical Theatre Musings  “A mic-drop achievement” – The Spy in the Stalls 

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ABOUT WILDPARK ENTERTAINMENT
Wildpark Entertainment is an award-winning London-based entertainment company, creating live experiences  across the UK and internationally to give fabulous audiences a great night out. During the COVID-19 pandemic,  Wildpark set up and ran The Drive In, the UK’s largest and highest-grossing drive-in cinema. The Drive In ran for  11 months and showed films alongside live productions, including stand-up from the UK’s most prominent  comedians and hit children’s shows Dinosaur World Live and Horrible Histories

Productions include Live at Wembley Park Theatre, Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch  (Underbelly London, Underbelly Edinburgh and UK tours); Waiter! There’s a Murder in my Soup (Troubadour  Wembley Park Theatre); Algorithms (Pleasance Edinburgh and Soho Theatre, now an Amazon Audible Original  series) and Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts (Assembly Edinburgh, King’s Head Theatre and UK tours). 

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