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Fleabag Producer brings BERLUSCONI musical to London stage

‘Fierce, feminist’ show from Francesca Moody is written by former Grange Hill actors Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan and tells an ‘almost true’ story.

Described as “Evita on acid”, the show features a song called “My Weekend With Vladimir” is to be staged in London next year. The Berlusconi musical details the populist Italian leader’s time in office, told from the perspective of three women who wish to share their side of the story.

“It’s a musical which places a fierce feminist lens on a political leader who was known for his charming misogyny and spotlights the human cost of his time in office. Berlusconi upended Italian politics and it could not feel timelier, or more appropriate to be exploring this outrageous and almost true story with riotous comedy and sensational songs,” said producer Francesca Moody.

James Grieve directs Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan’s musical. The creative team includes choreographer Rebecca Howell (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾), set and costume designer Lucy Osborne (The Famous Five), executive musical supervisor David White (Les Misérables), musical supervisor and musical director Jordan Li Smith (City of Angels), and sound design by Dan Samson (Heathers).

The show will open at Southwark Playhouse. Berlusconi begins previews at on 25 March, ahead of an opening night on 29 March, and performances to 29 April.

David White is a client of Maeve Bolger at The Agency (London) Limited.