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The Show Must Go On at the Bombed Out Church


The Show Must Go On this spring for the creative team behind the hugely popular Everyman Rock n Roll panto.

Writer Sarah A Nixon and director Mark Chatterton are set to bring a joyful new swashbuckling stage spectacular to the Bombed Out Church for a five-week run, opening in May.

The production is a specially scaled down version of a full musical the husband-and-wife team were working on with composer and musician Ben Beer when the pandemic struck.

And its cast includes rock n roll panto favourites Adam Keast, Stephanie Hockley and Danny Burns.

Now the team has launched a Go Fund Me appeal to raise £25,000 to help put on the rollicking show.

Donations will go towards covering the wages of the actors, creative and technical teams, and paying for venue hire, licensing of music and rehearsal costs.

More than £7,000 has already been pledged.

Chatterton explains: “We’re fired up to make this a reality. We want to bring back laughter, togetherness, and generate income not just for the theatres and their workers but for the local businesses nearby who have lost out because theatres have been shut or are working to reduced capacity.”


Read an interview with the creative team behind The Show Must Go On


Nixon adds: “The response and support from people in the theatre business has just been phenomenal – everybody has been amazing, giving their time and expertise to make this a reality.

“And the Bombed Out Church as a venue is stunning. It has a natural proscenium arch, and it creates its own theatrical space.”

Part of the plans for the show’s premiere include a temporary cover to make the interior space at the Leece Street landmark weatherproof.

To make a donation towards the staging the production visit the Go Fund Me website HERE


Top: Photo of Adam Keast by Robert Day