Music and Lyrics William Finn

Book by James Lapine and William Finn


The Other Palace

30 August – 23 November 2019



Selladoor Worldwide (producers of 9 to 5, Big Fish, American Idiot and Avenue Q) present the long awaited European premiere of the multi award-winning musical, Falsettos, which arrives in the UK from 30 August 2019.


The musical, by William Finn (Music, Lyrics & Book) and James Lapine (Book), opens at The Other Palace from 30 August – 23 November for a strictly limited season, with press night on Thursday 5 September. 

Tara Overfield-Wilkinson will direct Natasha J Barnes (Cordelia), Daniel Boys (Marvin), Matt Cardle (Mendel), Gemma Knight-Jones (Charlotte), Laura Pitt-Pulford (Trina) and Oliver Savile (Whizzer)


The double Tony Award-Winning Falsettos is a hilarious and poignant look at a modern family revolving around the life of a gay man Marvin, his wife, his lover, his soon to be bar mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbian neighbours.


Originally created under the spectre of the AIDS crisis, this ground-breaking musical about family dynamics manages to remain buoyant and satirically perceptive even as it moves towards its heartbreaking conclusion.

Natasha J Barnes’ (Cordelia) stage credits include The Twilight Zone at the Ambassadors Theatre, Wasted at Southwark Playhouse, Tryst at Tabard Theatre, Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Savoy Theatre and UK Tour, Cinderella at the London Palladium, American Idiot at the Arts Theatre, The Boy Who Fell Into A Book at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Chess at the Union Theatre, Snow White at the Old Vic, Come Dancing at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Lend Me A Tenor at the Geilgud Theatre, I was Looking At The Ceiling… at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and Spring Awakening at the Novello Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. Natasha’s screen credits include Doctors (BBC) and Doc Martin (ITV).


Daniel Boys’ (Marvin) West End stage credits include The Boys in the Band at Park Theatre, on UK Tour and Vaudeville Theatre, Miss Atomic Bomb at The Other Palace, Spoonful of Sherman at Live At Zedel, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris at Charing Cross Theatre, Spamalot at the Playhouse Theatre, Tommy in Concert at the Prince Edward Theatre, Avenue Q at the Gielgud Theatre and Noel Coward Theatre (Winner of the 2009 Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Takeover in a Role), I Love You Because at the Landor Theatre, Grease at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Rent at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on UK Tour, Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall and Ordinary Days and Wolfboy, both at Trafalgar Studios. Daniel’s other stage credits include Nativity! The Musical at Birmingham Rep and on UK Tour, Little Shop of Horrors at Theatre Clwyd, Love Story at Bolton Octagon, The Opinion Makers at Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Derby Playhouse, High Society on UK Tour, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Theatre Royal Windsor, Peter Pan The Musical at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, 40th Anniversary concert of Godspell at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, Rent on European Tour, Sunset Boulevard on UK Tour, West Side Story on European Tour and The War Of The Worlds on UK Tour. Daniel’s screen credits includeEndeavour (ITV), Nativity Rocks! (Mirrorball Films), Holby City (BBC Television), Fall Out (Crowded Pictures), and Little Man (Peccadillo Pictures). Daniel was also a contestant on Any Dream Will Do – The Search For Joseph (BBC1).


Matt Cardle  (Mendel) is currently starring in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican. His other stage credits include Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre (Winner of the What’s On Stage Award for Best West End Debut), and Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom at the Piccadilly Theatre. Matt is a multi-platinum selling recording artist who has sold over 2.2 million records since winning The X Factor’s highest-rating series ever in 2010. Matt stunned over 19 million viewers with his breathtaking four-octave vocal range. Matt’s debut single, ’When We Collide’, sold over one million copies and was recently named as one of the biggest-selling singles of the past decade. The song spent three weeks at #1 and was nominated for Best British Single at the 2011 BRIT Awards. This was followed by the #6 Gary Barlow-penned ‘Run For Your Life’ and the infectious duet ‘Loving You’ with Spice Girl Melanie C. Matt has released four studio albums; ‘Letters’ (2011), ‘The Fire’ (2012), ‘Porcelain’ (2013) and ‘Time To Be Alive’ (2018). In September 2013, Matt performed ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ in Bali at Miss World in front of an audience of over two billion. Matt’s performance of this song was voted the third best moment in the history of The X Factor, viewed over 60 million times on YouTube. Matt has spent the last three summers performing as guest vocalist with The Trevor Horn Band. Resigned to Sony Music, Matt's most recent album ‘Time To Be Alive' is a collection of 14 songs that showcase his new found maturity as a singer, songwriter and musician. The lyrics are deeply personal observations on addiction, redemption, atonement and eventual contentment; fusing electronica, gospel, rock and soul.


Gemma Knight-Jones’ (Charlotte) stage credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at the Piccadilly Theatre and Gielgud Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Sister Act on UK Tour, Hairspray on UK Tour, Been So Long at the Young Vic and on UK Tour, Rent at the Broadway Theatre, and Ragtime at the Kenneth More Theatre. Gemma’s screen credits include Been So Long (Film Four/Greenacre Productions), Behind Every Great Day (Dreams Beds Commercial), Johnson and Johnson Baby Global (Commercial).


Laura Pitt-Pulford’s (Trina) stage credits include Little Miss Sunshine at the Arcola Theatre, Flowers For Mrs Harris at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Gronholm Method and Barnum, both at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Nell Gwynn on UK Tour, Platinum at Hampstead Theatre, Side Show at Southwark Playhouse, Flowers For Mrs Harris at Sheffield Crucible, Oliver! at Leicester Curve, The Smallest Show On Earth on UK Tour, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2016 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Follies in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, A Little Night Music in Concert at the Palace Theatre, The Sound of Music at Leicester Curve, The Return Of The Soldier at Jermyn Street Theatre, Marry Me A Little at St. James Theatre, The Light Princess at the National Theatre, A Man Of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse, Mack & Mabel at Southwark Playhouse, Sweet Charity at Belfast MAC, The Little Prince at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Parade at Southwark Playhouse, Guys & Dolls at Theatre Clwyd, Wolsey Theatre Ipswich and Salisbury Playhouse, Copacabana at the Watermill Theatre, The World Goes Round at Wellingborough Castle, Little Fish at Finborough Theatre, Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre and the Watermill Theatre, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Follies at the Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton, and Edward II at the Edinburgh Festival. Laura’s screen credits include Free Rein (Netflix), Doctors (BBC), and Father Brown (BBC).


Oliver Savile’s (Whizzer) stage credits include Last Ship in Toronto, Canada, Company at the Aberdeen Arts Centre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Knights Of The Rose at the Arts Theatre, The Navigator at the Phoenix Theatre, London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s State Fair at Cadogan Hall, Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Cats on UK Tour, Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, Monkee Business on UK Tour, Mamma Mia! on International Tour, Sleeping Beauty at the Theatre Royal Wakefield, and Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on UK Tour. Oliver’s screen credits include Les Misérables (ITV Oliviers 2014) and Cats (ITV Oliviers 2013).

Tara Overfield-Wilkinson’s (Director/Choreographer) credits include Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre (Associate Director/Choreographer), Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and UK Tour (Associate Director), The Producers on China Tour (Director), Little Shop Of Horrors on UK Tour (Director), Memphis The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre (Associate Director), Sister Act on UK Tour (Associate Director), 9 to 5 on UK Tour (Resident Director), Hair in the West End (Resident Director), Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway (Associate Director/Choreographer), Hairspray in the West End (Assistant Choreographer), High School Musical and High School Musical 2 on UK Tour and West End (Associate Director/Choreographer), Cats on Channel Islands Tour (Choreographer/Director), Grease on Scandinavian Tour (Assistant Director), Tick Tick...Boom! at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Los Angeles (Assistant Choreographer), Adrift in Macao in Philadelphia and Off Broadway (Choreographer/Resident Director), The Full Monty on UK Tour (Choreographer/Resident Director), Peter Pan and Cinderella in Poole (Director) and Miss Saigon, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Who’s Tommy and Sister Act, all at the Douglas Choral Union, Isle of Man (Director/Choreographer).


William Finn (Music, Lyrics & Book) is the writer and composer of Falsettos, for which he received two Tony Awards, Best Book of a Musical (with James Lapine) and Best Original Score.  He has also written and composed In Trousers, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, two Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship in Musical Composition).  Mr. Finn wrote the lyrics to Graciela Daniele’s Tango Apasionado (music by the great Astor Piazzolla) and, with Michael Starobin, the music to Lapine’s version of The Winter’s Tale.  His musical, Romance in Hard Times, was presented at the Public Theater.  Recently, he wrote Painting You for Love’s Fire, a piece commissioned and performed bye the Acting Company, based on Shakespeare’s sonnets.  For television, Mr. Finn provided the music and lyrics for the Ace Award-winning HBO cartoon Ira Sleeps Over, Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, Pokey Little Puppy’s First Christmas, and, with Ellen Fitzhugh, two Brave little Toaster cartoons.  Mr. Finn has written for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and The New Yorker.  A graduate of Williams College where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship for Musical Composition, Finn now teaches a weekly master class at the NYU Tisch Graduate Program in Musical Theatre Writing.  His most recent projects include Elegies, A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which ran on Broadway and has been produced nationally and internationally, and the musical adaptation of the film Little Miss Sunshine which opened at Second Stage Theatre in October 2013.


James Lapine (Book) has written the book for and directed Stephen Sondheim’s  Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods and Passion, as well as the recent Broadway show, Sondheim On Sondheim. He also directed the first revival of Merrily We Roll Along at LaJolla Playhouse in 1985. With William Finn he has collaborated on March Of The Falsettos and Falsettoland, later presented on Broadway as Falsettos and recently revived in 2016, A New Brain,25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Little Miss Sunshine. James’ other Broadway credits include The Diary Of Anne Frank, Golden Child, and Amour. He has written the plays Table Settings, Twelve Dreams, Luck, Pluck & Virtue, The Moment When, Fran's Bed and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. He has been nominated for twelve Tony Awards, winning on three occasions and has received five Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.


The Other Palace

30 August – 23 November 2019

Press Night: Thursday 5 September


Performance Times:

Monday – Saturday 7:30pm

Thursday & Saturday 2:30pm

Ticket Prices: From £19.50

Box Office: 0207 087 7900

Falsettos website:

The Other Palace
12 Palace Street
London SW1E 5JA
Telephone: 0207 087 7900


Music and Lyrics William Finn

Book by James Lapine and William Finn


The Other Palace

30 August – 23 November 2019