Heartfelt comedy comes to Lancaster

The cast of Sing Something Simple
The cast of Sing Something Simple

Theatre and music combine with a “heartfelt comedy for our times” at Lancaster Grand Theatre next month.

Sing Something Simple focuses on family, friendship and fame, and is back for a second UK tour after sell out shows at the beginning of last year.

Spencer Parkin is a young man who lives in the shadow of his older brother Kit, a talented singer on the cusp of stardom.

Then there’s the even larger shadow of Spencer’s Mum, Val, a loving but temperamental single mother and a 1980s tribute act singer.

In this world of talent Spencer feels out of sorts, out of place and all alone. But when his brother shocks the family by throwing over his singing career and joining the army - and subsequently goes ‘missing in action’ in Afghanistan. Spencer finally has an opportunity to put himself in the spotlight.

Enlisting his best friend, the large, lovely and unloved Bonnie Dilnot, to help, Spencer enters the biggest singing contest in the country and finds himself in the finals at the Royal Albert Hall, filling his missing brother’s shoes - and singing at last.

The show features both live and recorded music, has a cast of four and an impressive creative team; writer and Dark Horse Artistic Director Vanessa Brooks was Alan Ayckbourn’s first dramatist in residence at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and has a long track record delivering popular comedies.

Pip Leckenby is a well-known set and costume designer who has brought many of John Godber’s premieres to visual life and has worked on high profile Broadway openings.

The production delivers further impact through the film and visuals by esteemed digital projection designer, Mic Pool, who received a Tony award for his work on The 39 Steps.

The show starts at 7pm on March 23. Tickets are £12/£10 concessions via the box office on 01524 64695.