The Lyric Hammersmith’s triumphant revival of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone has extended its run to 5 September.
The show, which rather than the best at being bad is actually very good, had been booking to 1 August.
Proving the show’s adage that if you give a little love it all comes back to you (la, la, la etc), director Sean Holmes and three alternating companies of hugely talented young performers wowed press when the show opened at the beginning of this month, gathering a host of five star reviews.
The Telegraph described the show as “a blast”, while Official London Theatre’s Matthew Amer proclaimed the cast – who are all aged between nine and 19-years-old – to be “unbelievably talented”, advising audience members to “Check your cynicism at the door and lap up the fun at Fat Sam’s Grand Slam.”
Holmes’ ambitious production, which officially reopened the Lyric Hammersmith following its multi-million pound redevelopment, is the first major revival of the prohibition-set musical in more than a decade.
Featuring iconic songs made famous in the 1976 film including So You Wanna Be A Boxer, My Name Is Tallulah and Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, the musical charts the story of rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan as they cause havoc with the help of custard pies and destructive splurge guns.
Youngsters will be invited to cause equal havoc in the Lyric Hammersmith’s second family production to arrive this month, when interactive mystery The Adventure arrives at the venue from 26 May to play alongside the musical.