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A Big Broad and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry Co-Production


Belgrade Theatre
4th - 19th September 2015
Theatre Royal
Tues 22nd - Sat 26th Sept 2015
Richmond Theatre
Tues 29th Sept - Sat 3rd Oct 2015



Big Broad in Co-Production with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, present Crush.

A smashing new musical comedy from Maureen Chadwick (creator and writer of hit TV dramas Waterloo Road, Footballers’ Wives and Bad Girls), with music and lyrics by Kath Gotts (Bad Girls The Musical and The Realness), directed by Anna Linstrum (High Society, Sound of Music and Spend, Spend, Spend)

This is an S.O.S. message. Please Save Our School 
from imminent catastrophe.

It’s 1963 and Dame Dorothea Dosserdale School for Girls has a proud tradition of fostering free spirits from all walks of life.  So it’s a crushing blow when the new Headmistress turns out to be a reactionary tyrant with strict Victorian values – and top of her hit list are the two Sixth-Formers accused of "Unnatural Behaviour" in the Art Room... But hope is revived by a glamorous Games Mistress known as ‘Miss Givings’ and it’s hockey sticks to the fore in an all-out battle to save the school and the course of true love. 

A jolly fun night out, Crush celebrates and subverts the traditional schoolgirl fiction genre, with lashings of charm, team spirit and toe-tapping tunes.

Crush premiered at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry from 4th - 19th September 2015, followed by a short tour to the Theatre Royal, Brighton (22nd-26th September) and then on to Richmond Theatre (29th September - 3rd October). 



Read about the history of the girls' school story and its relevance today

Catch up with Maureen Chadwick talking about Crush on BBC Breakfast

Read the interview with Maureen Chadwick in What's On Magazine

Read press reviews in full

Read the "School Report" on our Diversity Role Models Workshops

Buy the published text or enquire about Amateur Rights from Nick Hern Books

Hear more songs from the show on Sound Cloud 


"This delightfully quirky coming-of-age musical boasts an impressive musical score by composer and lyricist Kath Gotts. A thoroughly enjoyable show for a great evening out." Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
"With a smart, slick book by Maureen Chadwick the story is well paced and never drags. Composer and lyricist Kath Gotts produces song after song of memorable, foot tapping tunes. This fast paced, energetic production is directed by the ever impressive Anna Linstrum." Laura-Jane Foley, London Theatre1 ★★★★
"Crush taps into the subversive undercurrents of its source and brings them to the fore, producing a show that’s boldly queer and a little bit crazy, yet with enough innocent exuberance to make it family-friendly, too. Rosemary Ashe gets a sublime exit song that’s worth the price of admission alone." Alex Ramon, British Theatre Guide
"Highly recommended to all those craving a lighthearted evening of fun!" Lisa Theresa Downey-Dent, West End Wilma ★★★★


Rosemary Ashe - Miss Bleacher
Eleanor Brown - Judith
Stephanie Clift - Susan
Sara Crowe - Miss Austin
Emma Harrold - Lavinia
Catherine Hayworth - Annabel
Kirsty Malpass - Miss Givings
James Meunier - Dorian
Charlotte Miranda-Smith - Camilla
Brianna Ogunbawo - Daimler
Georgia Oldman - Brenda Smears
Jennifer Potts - swing


Maureen Chadwick - Book
Kath Gotts - Music and Lyrics
Anna Linstrum - Director
David Farley - Set & Costume Design
Johanna Town - Lighting Designer
Richard Roe - Choreographer
Steven Edis - Orchestrator
Helen Ireland - Musical Director
Ben Harrison - Sound Designer
Colin Newland - Assoc. Sound Des.
Debbie O'Brien - Casting Director
Arden Entertainment - General Management


Production Manager  -  Adrian Sweeney
Company Stage Manager  -  Steve Cressy
Deputy Stage Manager  -  Graham Baird
Assistant Stage Manager  -  Rosanna Simpson
Assistant Stage Manager  -  Jordan Whitwell

Production Electrician  -  Tim Bray
Lighting Programmer  -  Daniel Street
Assistant Director  -  Harry Blumenau

Marketing  -  Team Boom @
Press Representative  -  Katherine Camps Kilgour @
Rehearsal Photographer  -  Catherine Ashmore
Production Photographer  -  Robert Day

Musical Director / Keyboard  -  Helen Ireland
Keyboard / Assistant Musical Director  -  Helen Washington
Clarinet / Saxaphones  -  Sally MacTaggart
Guitars / Ukulele  -  Ben Grove
Bass Guitar / Double Bass / Violin  -  Liz Faulkner
Percussion  -  Mike Pickering

Orchestral Manager  -  David Gallagher Management Ltd
Keyboard Programmer  -  Mark Dickman

With thanks to our generous Kickstarter Board of Governors:

Alexandra Berry, Angela Clutton, Darrin, Dawn Farrow, Emma O'Kane, Geraint Humphreys, Haydn Gwynne, Jill Gardiner, Jo Fraser, Kate Harris, Kathy Leppard, Kevin Wilson, Nikki Slade, PendaBede, Rochelle Dancel, Sarah Waters, Virginia Leaver