New musical Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World premieres this autumn

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

A brand new pop musical from the producer of SIX is to premiere this autumn.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World will opens on 6 November 2021 at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton.


The new musical is a stage adaptation of suffragette descendent Kate Pankhurst’s award-winning picture book, written by celebrated dramatist Chris Bush (Nine Lessons and Carols, Almeida Theatre), Number 1 hit songwriter Miranda Cooper (Girls Aloud, Sugar Babes) and Jennifer Decilveo.

From the producer of SIX, in a co-production with MAST Mayflower Studios, the incredible all-female creative team bringing this empowering new stage show to life is completed by Amy Hodge (Mr Gum and The Dancing Bear – The Musical!, the National Theatre) as director, Joanna Scotcher as designer(Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe/Vaudeville Theatre), Dannielle Lecointe as choreographer (Dick Whittington, the National Theatre), Zoe Spurr as lighting designer (Emilia, Shakespeare’s Globe/Vaudeville Theatre) and Carolyn Downing (Summer & Smoke, Almeida/Duke of York’s Theatre) as sound designer.

On the cast are Christina Modestou (Carousel, The Winter’s Tale SIX), Renée Lamb (Ain’t Misbehavin’, Little Shop of Horrors, SIX) ,Frances Mayli McCann (Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Heathers), Jade Kennedy (Les Misérables, Billy Elliot) and Shakira Simpson (Hairspray).

A teaser for the show shares: “Join our inquisitive heroine Jade as she breaks away from her class to take a peek behind the scenes at the not yet open Gallery of Greatness in the local museum. Along her journey she is surprised to meet the original and incredible wonder women: Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Marie Curie, Emmeline Pankhurst to name just a few.

“From explorers to artists, scientists to secret agents, hear the stories of some of history’s strongest mothers, sisters and daughters; all independent icons who really did change the world.

“Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World will be celebrated by anyone who is prepared to move and be moved. With characters and songs that pack a popstar punch, this new show for ages 6+ is guaranteed to be one to remember!”

Producer Kenny Wax commented: “What a thrill to have assembled our own team of fantastically great women to create this incredible show. No one is more excited than me for the curtain to rise on that first performance. And what an honour to be opening at the Mast Studios who are making a commitment to premiering such daring new work.”

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World plays 6 to 20 November at MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton with tickets on sale here.

The show will then play Norwich Playhouse (23 November – 7 December), Liverpool Playhouse (8 December – 2 January), Aylesbury Waterside (5 – 8 January), Chichester Festival Theatre (12 – 16 January).

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