The L-Space Web : Plays : Only You Can Save Mankind : 2004

August - Edinburgh

Broadhouse Productions presents the World Premiere pre-West End production of

Terry Pratchett's
Only You Can Save Mankind

Music by Leighton James House
Lyrics by Shaun McKenna

Only You Can Save Mankind, a major new musical based on the international best-selling novel by Terry Pratchett, is to receive its pre-West End world premiere at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, from August 4th - 30th at 3.45pm at the Pleasance Courtyard. Tickets start at just 5 for previews and are available by calling 0131 556 6550 / 0131 226 0000, online at or by visiting the theatre box-office

Terry Pratchett came to a West End workshop of the production and said:'If I'd known it was going to be this good I'd have written a better book!'. Terry will also be attending the show in Edinburgh on Saturday 7 August after a special signing at Ottakars, George Street at 11am where 1000 limited edition tie-in copies of 'Only You Can Save Mankind' will be available.

Teenager Johnny Maxwell is surrounded on all sides by conflict - from his parents constant rows to dangers on the streets and the destruction of aliens in his new computer game, Only You Can Save Mankind . But Johnny is startled during one particular game when the captain of the aliens, the ScreeWee, surrenders and claims Johnny is the Chosen One to save her race. Johnny agrees to help. After all, it s only a game... or is it?

Award-winning composer Leighton James House, has been described by Tim Rice as 'one of the most promising young composers I ve heard', wrote his first musical without any formal training at the age of 17. Entitled Lifts, and featuring a group of his fellow students, it was first presented to the public at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, and later in a revised version at the Edinburgh Fringe, before going on to win the first Ken Hill Prize for new musicals. The lyrics are by Shaun McKenna, an experienced West End, radio and TV writer, who is the lyricist and book writer of the forthcoming musical of The Lord of the Rings, which is due to open in the West End in 2005.

The cast features Bennett Andrews, Jonathan Glew, Ashleigh Gray, Richard Hartley, Ben Heathcote (as Johnny Maxwell), Tim Frater, Lucy Walker (as The Captain).

Listings information:

Venue: Pleasance, venue 33, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Dates: 4 - 30 August (not 17th)
Time: 3.45pm (finishes 5.15pm)
Tickets: 9.50 (8.00 concs) 8-13, 16, 18-19, 23-25, 30 Aug
10.50 (9.00 concs) 14-15, 20-22, 26-29 Aug
previews 4-7 August 5.00
Venue box office: 0131 556 6550
Fringe box office: 0131 226 0000

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