The Foundry Group (Winners: Argus Angel for Artistic Excellence 2014 / Best Fringe Show, Chris Neville Awards 2013 / Best Actress Brighton Festival 2013 / Best Theatre Buxton Fringe 2011 / Best Actor Brighton Festival 2011 / FringeGuru Editor's Choice 2011)
presents: The “top-hole musical comedy” (The Stage) The Ministry of Biscuits by Philip Reeve (author of Mortal Engines, Here Lies Arthur and Railhead) & Brian Mitchell (co-writer of Those Magnificent Men and Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks)
7.30pm (ends 9.30pm)
Tickets from Union Music: £9/£7 concs./£28 family (2 adults, 2 children)
on the door: £10/£8 concs./£30 family. Reservations:07887 931328
“The freshest comedy in years…Absolutely hilarious, this is satire at its best.” Edinburgh Evening News
“What an absolutely ripping wheeze…a top-hole musical comedy without a trace of Lloyd Webber anywhere…a highly entertaining, clever show, packed with neat one liners…
a festival gem” The Stage
“Wonderfully done, delightful and one of the best family shows on the fringe.” The List
"A wonderful cast....good, strong melodies...terrific fun and a very entertaining evening...." Brighton Argus
Stop! Think before you eat that biscuit! Is it in any way fancy? If so, then you are a criminal! In Post-War London, The Ministry of Biscuits casts its sinister shadow over every tea-time and elevenses in the land. Established to “control biscuits, and to control the idea of biscuits,” it prohibits decadent sweetmeats, such as the Gypsy Cream. But when Cedric Hobson, a junior designer, falls in love and designs a biscuit to “shake confectionery to its very foundations,” his world – and the ministry – are turned upside down.
“Delightful…The songs are often genuinely funny…A great show!” The Scotsman
40′s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the hugely popular Brighton-born novelist Philip Reeve (winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, whose best-selling novel Mortal Engines is now being made into a major motion picture by The Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson) and the Brighton-based multi-award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell (Those Magnificent Men, Gilbert No Sullivan and Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks).
First performed twenty years ago to great acclaim and revived in 2005 for an award-winning run at Brighton Fringe, this well-loved show made a highly acclaimed return to the stage last December in this new production from The Foundry Group, which is visiting Lewes as part of a 32-date national tour.
With performers including Radio 4 regular David Mounfield ('Geoffrey' in Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show and regular host of Comedy at the Con) and a filmed section by the internationally renowned film-maker Ben Rivers, The Ministry of Biscuits promises clever, original, hilarious, and infectiously tuneful entertainment for audiences of all ages.
Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes (including 20 minute interval) Suitability: 7+