Take seven eager contestants, three feuding judges and one bewildered hostess, add flour eggs and sugar and mix together in a small village. Add the pressure of a baking competition and you’ve got a recipe for a hilarious musical comedy! Come and join the folk of Bakewell for their annual bake off, where signature bakes combine with song and dance in a fantastic feast of fun!
Performance dates: 24th-28th April 2018 at Hampton Hill Playhouse
Director – Steve Green
Musical Director – Debbi Lindley
Choreographers – Kelly Neilson and Lisa Guerriero
What’s it about?
The small English village of Bakewell, Derbyshire is holding its annual baking competition, under the watchful eye of the chair of The Bakewell Baking Committee, Victoria Sponge. The eclectic group of contestants, including a local postman, a German transsexual and a nun, are each hoping that their baking skills will impress the judges. Judging the competition are the owners of the three village bakeries, each of whom claim to have the original recipe for the world-famous Bakewell Tart: Eton boy Hugh Dripp with his family’s Almond Topped Bakewell Tart; sweet and innocent Susie Sunflower with her Bakewell Pudding recipe; and finally, Griselda Pratt-Dewhurst, head of the Parish Council, with her Iced Topped Cherry Bakewell. This feud has gone on for generations, but this year the Bakewell Baking Committee has received a letter from Professor Lesley Kugelhumpf of the European Union, explaining that there can no longer be three recipes for “The Bakewell”. He decrees that a second round must be added to the competition, to resolve the matter once and for all. The ensuing combination of hilarious songs, baking disasters and even a little audience participation is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
(In Alphabetical Order)
Betty Battenberg – Debbi Lindley
Flora Drizzle – Katy Simon
Freddie Twist – George Lester
Griselda Pratt – Carolyn Green
Henrietta Apfelstrudel – TBC
Holly Berry – Shannon Hearn
Hugh Drip – Zak Negri
Pradeepta Smith – Gill Varon
Sister Mary – Catherine Quinn
Susie Sunflower – Claire Weston
Tina Tartin – Lisa Guerriero
Victoria Sponge – Paige Fayers
Charlotte Cassedanne, Kay Colston, Suzanne Green, Kelly Neilson, John Stanley-Smith, Linda Stanley-Smith, Abigail Wingfield