A rare treat is coming soon for Glasgow-based fans of musical theatre, as new performing arts company Green Door Theatre bring the darkly comic and rarely-performed musical Assassins to Websters Theatre from 4th-6th April.
A five-time Tony Award-winner, Assassins takes a look at the men and women of American history who took their shot at the big time and tried to assassinate a sitting President — with varying degrees of deadly success. Brought together by Stephen Sondheim’s signature style and a phenomenal script by Emmy and Tony-winning writer John Weidman (Pacific Overtures, Anything Goes, Sesame Street), nine villains take aim in the name of love, rage, patriotism and the promise of the American Dream.
With time periods, gunshots and executions aplenty, Assassins is a complex and intriguing show that’s not often attempted, let alone tackled by a new company. So why have Green Door picked it as their first?
“All of our founding members have been making amateur theatre in Glasgow in some capacity over the last eight years,” producer Rachel Thomson explains, “and when we came together to start Green Door, there was just something about the challenge and excitement of Sondheim’s shows that made them feel like the right place to start. Couple that with being able to do something that nobody in Glasgow has done for years, in the crazy political time we’re now living in, and we thought it would be a great way to start with a… bang. Pun intended!”
New in name they might be, but those in charge of steering this complex production are far from inexperienced. Musical director Erik Igelström has been at the helm of multiple recent acclaimed Glasgow productions including On The Town (Glasgow Music Theatre) and Spring Awakening (Glasgow Live Productions). Assistant director and choreographer Marion Baird is the owner of the thriving Dance Glasgow studios in the west end and city centre, and has over ten years of experience choreographing for high quality theatre and dance shows across Glasgow.
Bringing their combined experience together, Green Door promise audiences for Assassins an evening that’s equal parts gripping and entertaining. Bold, original, and alarmingly funny, it might be the most timely musical for a Western world this divided, and for a Scotland trying to grasp it all from the side lines.
Assassins runs from 4th-6th April at Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge. Tickets can be purchased via the theatre box office on 0141 357 4000 or at https://webstersglasgow.com/events/assassins-2019-04-04/.
For more information see www.greendoortheatre.com or follow Green Door Theatre on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @wearegreendoor.