There’s a new theatre in London. And there’s a London debut to mark its opening. The Boulevard Theatre, right-smack-bang-in-the-middle of Soho, is London’s most technologically advanced theatre with a capacity of up to 165, and featuring a full revolving balcony and auditorium!
David Malloy’s Ghost Quartet will open the Boulevard. You may not have heard of the show, and it’s probably because it has never played London. But you’ve most likely heard of David or his shows before, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 being his most high profile offering, picking up 12 Tony nominations in the 2016-2017 Broadway season and winning many awards on its way there during its off-Broadway run.
Ghost Quartet is a song cycle - a staged concept album, if you will - about love, death, and whiskey. It’s a series of songs that take you through the interwoven previous lives of four characters collective histories.
Carly Bawden, Niccolò Curradi, Maimuna Memon and Zubin Varla will star in what is a heavy hitting West End cast.
I sat down with Malloy last week to chat to him about the concept of Ghost Quartet, its London premiere and working with the creative team that drove the success of the pie shop Sweeney Todd, which ran for ages in Tooting, the West End and in New York.