A MUSICAL COMEDY
Book/Lyrics By Lynn Ahrens
Music By Stephen Flaherty
Based on 'The Man Who Broke The Bank Of Monte Carlo’ by Michael Butterworth


In May and June 2016, Morphic Graffiti worked with students from London Studio Centre on the musical Lucky Stiff. The third year, graduating 'Seedtime 2016' company were presenting their final production of their three year training programme. The production was staged at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadlers Wells, a beautiful, state-of-the-art studio space. Working with a full creative and production team the students rehearsed for seven weeks leading up to performance.

Lucky Stiff is a musical farce. A fast paced, zany romp written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Seussical, Once On This Island and Rocky, The Musical).

"Based in the novel The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo, by Michael Butterworth, the story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Uncle on a holiday to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing Uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6million. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, or else the half blind, gun-toting wife of a rich casino owner."

The production was designed by Morphic Graffiti's Stewart Charlesworth. The production concept saw the show shifted to the late 1940's and in the lavish Hotel de Paris, amidst the wealth and glamour of the Monte Carlo set. A troupe of hotel staff took the audience on the journey as they heard and saw everything happen.

The production was designed by Morphic Graffiti's Stewart Charlesworth. The production concept saw the show shifted to the late 1940's and in the lavish Hotel de Paris, amidst the wealth and glamour of the Monte Carlo set. A troupe of hotel staff took the audience on the journey as they heard and saw everything happen.

Director Luke Fredericks wanted the production to maintain the pace and energy of its farce origins. Using 5 panels (manoeuvred at a lick by the hotel maids!) the cast expertly navigated ballet of panel movements, revealing characters, setting locations and splitting the audiences focus. Hours of rehearsals took place on the smallest of moments but when on stage made it all worthwhile!

As a cast of graduates with extensive dance experience it was up to the choreographer, Chris Whittaker to bring these skills out. With elements of tap, ballet and musical theatre choreography, the dance sequences were beautifully connected and showed off the students high level of dance ability. Working with a myriad of props from fake dog leads to beach balls and life size seagulls on sticks, Chris and the cast worked their magic to create the bonkers world of the show.

With a very different take on the show and a lot of work to be achieved in a small time, the cast worked wonders to bring the bonkers story of Lucky Stiff to life. With a wonderful audience response at every performance and standing ovations, they performed brilliantly and are well on their way to fantastic careers in the profession.




    Director: Luke Fredericks
    Musical Director: Lee Freeman
    Set and Costume Designer: Stewart Charlesworth
    Choreographer: Chris Whittaker
    Lighting Designer: Douglas Kurht
    Sound Designer: David Cooper
    Costume Supervisor: Bethan Robinson
    Production Co-ordinator: Roshni Savjani
    Stage Manager: Cassandra Fumi
    Dance Captain: Gabrielle Pemberton
    Production Manager: Bernd Fauler
    Lighting Supplied by Hawthorne
    Sound Supplied by Total Theatre