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Fanatical - The Playground Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Playground Theatre has announced the world premiere of Fanatical, a musical by Matt Board and Reina Hardy. With a company that includes Suanne Braun (Stargate/Red Dwarf/Mamma Mia!/Cabaret) it runs from November 14 (previews from November 7) to December 8, 2018.

The announcement is made in conjunction with a crowdfunding campaign, which also launches today (April 18, 2018). Find out more at

In a distant Galaxy – the ragtag misfit crew of cargo ship Angel 8 are under the command of fearless pilot Iris Aucht.

Meanwhile, at a conference centre, somewhere in England, a ragtag misfit collection of 1,000 fans gather from all across the UK for Eight Con One, the first ever official convention of the cult TV show Angel 8.

Angel 8 started as a comic created by reclusive British Sci-fi author Scott Furnish. Its first TV outing ended on a shocking cliffhanger. With eager anticipation at the promise of a second series, these enthusiastic devotees have come together to celebrate their beloved series and to meet Scott face-to-face and hear his keynote speech.

Fanatical is about being true to oneself, finding love against the odds and snatching triumph from the jaws of disaster – proving that no power in the universe can keep a story from its fans.

Matt Board is a composer, lyricist and musical book writer. He co-wrote the book, music and lyrics to Austentatious, which has played in London, New York, Philadelphia and Calgary. He was a finalist in the Search For A Twitter Composer competition and Stiles and Drewe Best New Song Award and was commissioned by Comedy Central to write Friends: The Opera for a gala performance in London.

Board’s other work includes Two’s A Crowd, which featured in the Perfect Pitch New Musicals Festival, music and additional lyrics for the short film The Dance To War (Catsnake Films) and music for the New York premiere of Reina Hardy’s play A Map To Somewhere Else.

Reina Hardy is a playwright. Her plays have been seen across America, including The Rorschach Theatre in DC and the Vortex in Austin. She’s a Michener Fellow, winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA Prize, finalist for the Terrence McNally Prize and the recipient of an Interact 20/20 Commission.

Presented by The Stable and The Playground Theatre, Fanatical is directed by Shaun Kerryson, choreographed by Anthony Whiteman and designed by P J McEvoy. Original dramaturgy is by Lotte Wakeham and musical supervisor is Jim Henson.

Tickets: £12.50 – £25 (previews before November 14 – £11).

Times: Tuesday to Sunday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm (no matinee on November 14).