“Everyone has their price, Jonny. I think a million dollars is yours.”
Atlantic City. 1988. Jonny and Rebecca are very much in love and very much in debt. He’s a struggling singer-songwriter who spends most of his time playing backup for Annie at the Oasis Casino Hotel Resort, and she works part-time at the casino and for a local charity. They struggle to make ends meet but they’re happy and that’s enough.
Or is it?
When wealthy stranger Larry Harris arrives in town and offers Rebecca a million dollars to spend a night with him, will the lure of money outweigh the promise of fidelity? Will Rebecca accept Larry’s indecent proposal? Will her marriage survive if she doesn’t? Will Jonny stick around if she does?
Inspired by the Jack Engelhard book which sparked a world-wide debate and was later adapted into the 1993 hit film, Indecent Proposal is a chamber musical that stays true to book’s setting of Atlantic City in the 1980s whilst reimagining the work through the lens of the current social and political climate, allowing audiences to consider what they would do in a similar situation, whilst they watch this couple grapple with the fallout from a stranger’s proposition.
Directed by Charlotte Westenra, it has book and lyrics by Michael Conley, music by Dylan Schlosberg and stars Norman Bowman as Jonny, Lizzy Connolly as Rebecca, Ako Mitchell as Larry, Jacqui Dankworth as Annie and Eve de Leon Allen as Heidi.
Recommended for ages 13+.
★★★★ “A very fine cast, led musically by the extraordinary Jacqui Dankworth showing all her experience and musical pedigree as Annie.” Pocket Sized Theatre
★★★★ “The piece definitely charms the audience. Who knows how Jonny and Rebecca faired, but what would you do?” London Theatre Reviews
★★★★ “There’s much to like about the way Jack Engelhard’s novel has been transformed into musical theatre … I enjoyed it a lot.” Sardines Magazine
★★★★ “The cyclical nature of the storytelling is an excellent touch that pays genuine emotional dividends. … Indecent Proposal is really a rather marvellous surprise.” (AJH) Loves Theatre
★★★★ “This is a triumph which breathes new life into the exploration of an age-old dilemma…. Indecently Entertaining.” The Peg
★★★★ “On the question of whether this old film/novel merited a musical theatre rendition, the answer’s a definite yes.” Everything Theatre
Neil Marcus for 10 to 4 Productions
Book & Lyrics
Set & Costume Designer
Hartley T A Kemp
Eve de Leon Allen
Production Photos by Helen Maybanks
Rehearsal Photos by Pamela Raith
1988. In the smoky Ruckus Room at the Oasis Casino Hotel resort, local singer Annie (Jacqui Dankworth) rehearses a song about the city she hates to love.
Thursday 28th October
Post-Show Q&A hosted by Terri Paddock with members of the company. Free with a ticket to the show.