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The Ministry of Biscuits

January 12th, 2017 |  Published in Uncategorized

from the 2005 revival

The “tophole musical comedy” (The Stage) by
Philip Reeve
& Brian Mitchell

in development with
The Lamtern Theatre
Brighton
winter 2017*

“The freshest comedy in years…Absolutely hilarious, this is satire at its best.” – Edinburgh Evening News

Stop! Think before you eat that biscuit! Is it in any way fancy? If so, then you are a criminal!


London, 1948 – 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.

“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

40′s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the acclaimed, best-selling, Carnegie-Medal-winning novelist, Philip Reeve (author of ‘Mortal Engines’, ‘Here Lies Arthur’ and ‘Railhead’), and the multi-award-winning playwright and composer Brian Mitchell (‘Those Magnificent Men’ and ‘Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks’), with a filmed section by international film-maker Ben Rivers. First performed twenty years ago to great acclaim, the Foundry Group with the Lantern Theatre are hoping to revive this well-loved show in a new co-production for November and December 2017*, starring Radio 4 regular David Mounfield and Perrier nominated comic Joanna Neary.

“Delightful…The songs are often genuinely funny…A great show!” – The Scotsman

“Wonderfully done, delightful and one of the best family shows on the fringe.” – The List

The Ministry of Biscuits – Overture

*More news on this at the end of June

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