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Surprise Edinburgh hit, Timpson: The Musical, transfers to the King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING its success at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Gigglemug Theatre are bringing Timpson: The Musical to the King’s Head Theatre – from February 18 to March 8, 2019.

Sponsored by Timpson Ltd. themselves, Gigglemug Theatre’s debut musical explains the origins of the high street cobbler’s “Timpson”.

Two warring houses. One ancient grudge. A whole lot of shoes. Can the warring houses of Montashoe and Keypulet be united by a pair of star-crossed lovers?

Journey to Victorian London where Monty Montashoe and Keeleigh Keypulet, two young inventors bursting with ambition, strive to break free from the confines of their parents and follow their dreams all the way to the 50th annual ‘Invention Convention’.

The show began its life to try and answer everyone’s burning question – how did shoe repairs and key cutting come together under one roof to form the high street shop ‘Timpson’. Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker (book and lyrics) decided that rather than let that question go unanswered, they would write a musical about it.

As well as winning The Stage Edinburgh Award 2018, Timpson: The Musical was described by The Guardian as the “Best Shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018”.

Gigglemug Theatre are an emerging company staging original and daring musical theatre across the UK, which will leave audiences grinning for the rest of the day. Gigglemug is slang for a habitually smiling face!

Timpson: The Musical has music by Theo Caplan and Tom Slade and is directed by Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker, with design by Doug Cairns and lighting by Danny Vavrecka. Arranger is Ben Richardson.

Tickets: £18, £15, £10 (concessions/previews/under 30s on Tuesdays). To book, call the box office on 0207 226 8561 ot visit

Time: Monday to Saturday at 9.15pm.

Running Time: 70 minutes.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: Charles Court Opera’s 12th boutique pantomime Buttons: A Cinderella Story (November 23, 2018 to January 5, 2019) and Aisha, a one woman play about child marriage (December 9 and 10, 2018).