- November 26, 2018
The Ministry of Biscuits
Stop! Think before you eat that biscuit! Is it in any way fancy? If so, then you are a criminal! It may be hard to believe but this acclaimed musical was first performed twenty years ago. Now this well-loved show makes a welcome return to Brighton in a new production from The Foundry Group, to coincide with the UKwide opening of creator Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines at cinemas.
In Post-War London, The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every teatime and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.
40s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 & Ealing Comedy
40s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the hugely popular Brighton-born novelist Reeve (winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian
Children’s Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, whose bestselling novel Mortal Engines is now a major motion picture by The Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson) and the Brighton-based multi-award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell (Those Magnificent Men, Gilbert No Sullivan and Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks). With performers including Radio 4 regular David Mounfield
(‘Geoffrey’ in Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show) and Amy Sutton (Bard and Troubadour) The Ministry of Biscuits promises clever, original, hilarious, and infectiously tuneful entertainment for audiences of all ages.
Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road,
Brighton, BN1 3FE
8 & 9 December 3pm
Box Office 01273 725230