Reviews: Do Critics Think London's The Great British Bake Off Musical is a Showstopper or a Soggy Bottom? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Do Critics Think London's The Great British Bake Off Musical is a Showstopper or a Soggy Bottom?

Based on the hit baking competition TV show, the musical stage adaptation plays the West End's Noël Coward Theatre.

John Owen Jones and company in the Cheltenham production of The Great British Bake Off Musical Manuel Harlan

Reviews are rolling out for the West End transfer of The Great British Bake Off Musical, playing a 12-week limited engagement at the Noël Coward Theatre. The run began February 25 and plays through May 13.

The new musical is inspired by the long-running U.K. hit reality competition series The Great British Bake Off. Like the TV show, the musical follows a team of amateur bakers as they seek to impress the judges and battle their way to be crowned Star Baker. The Great British Bake Off Musical features a book and lyrics by Jake Brunger and music and lyrics by Pippa Cleary, and previously played Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre last summer.

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Rachel Kavanaugh directs a cast led by John Owen Jones (Les Misèrables), Haydn Gwynne (Billy Elliot the Musical), Zoe Birkett (Moulin Rouge! The Musical), Scott Paige (The Addams Family), Claire Moore (Mary Poppins), Cat Sandison (Evita), Charlotte Wakefield (The Boy In The Dress), Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along), Jay Saighal (Hedda Gabler), Michael Cahill (Martin Guerre), Grace Mouat (SIX), Aharon Rayner, Louis Gaudencio (Aladdin), Gabriella Stylianou, and Annette Yeo (Love Never Dies), plus Georgie Westall (A Christmas Carol), Stuart Hickey (Come From Away), and Jamil Abbasi as understudies. Aanya Shah, Amelie Rouse, and Maisy Mein share the child role of Lily.

The creative team also includes choreographer Georgina Lamb, set, costume, and cake designer Alice Power, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Ben Harrison, orchestrator Tom Curran, musical supervisor Mark Collins, and casting director Jim Arnold.

Created in association with Richard McKerrow and the producers of the TV show, Love Productions, the new musical comedy is presented by Mark Goucher Productions. The TV program was co-created by Anna Beattie and McKerrow.



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