There’s a real heart to the production, particularly in its tender portrait of Pearsall, whom Isy Suttie invests with a stunning blend of the gauche and sincere, the knowing and the vulnerable.’
Mark Shenton, The Stage
‘Herbert’s character-driven score is accomplished — melodious (particularly the lilting and already award-winning Lovely London Town), articulate and fun’
Donald Hutera, The Times
‘Isy Suttie has real charm – as does the whole show.’
For anyone who has ever searched to find their way, here is a re-telling of the myth and even more remarkable reality behind the handy, all-purpose, pocket-sized A-Z Street Guide of 23,000 streets (with house numbers).
In 1936, Phyllis Pearsall left her husband in Venice and came to find her way in London. Then she received a telegram from her father, map publisher Alexander Gross.
And here begins the story of how an eccentric Bohemian artist put down her paints and picked up the drawing board to follow in her beloved and impossible father’s footsteps to map an entire city. Follow their different journeys as they intersect and diverge through the thoroughfares and alleyways of London, scaling new heights, seizing opportunities, to build an iconic business midst the tangled labyrinths of a troubled family saga.
Starring Isy Suttie (Peep Show / Shameless) as the pioneering Mrs P, Tony Award-winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Pippin, Piaf) as her mother, joint Olivier Award-winner Michael Matus (Martin Guerre, The Sound of Music) as Phyllis’ father, the map publisher Alexander (Sandor) Gross and Stuart Matthew Price (Parade, Shrek) as Phyllis’ brother Tony Gross. Both award-winners in their own right, singer/composer Gwyneth Herbert (The Sea Cabinet) and playwright/author Diane Samuels (Kindertransport) have joined forces to make their own journey exploring the trail left by Phyllis’ footsteps to relate in words, music and song the moving story of how she embraced a city and faced her mentor and nemesis to find her own feet. Director Sam Buntrock received an Olivier Award nomination for his West End revival of Sunday In The Park With George at Menier Chocolate Factory and Wyndham’s Theatre. The production transferred to Broadway at Studio 54 garnering further nominations at the Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards.
Please note that latecomers will not be admitted.
There will be a captioned performance by Stagetext on Wednesday 26 March – tickets can be booked via all usual methods.
Sarah Travis & Gwyneth Herbert
Stuart Matthew Price