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The Ministry of Biscuits

David Mounfield and Sam Hewitt in the 2005 revival

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

and supported by,
Lantern Theatre,

“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.

Philip Reeve

“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

“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

40′s British Light Music, Orwell’s 1984 and Ealing Comedy inspired this satirical, musical fantasy, a unique collaboration between the acclaimed, Carnegie-Medal-winning author, Philip Reeve, whose best-selling novel ‘Mortal Engines’ is currently being filmed by ‘Lord of The Rings’ director Peter Jackson, and the 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 is reviving this well-loved show in a new co-production for winter 2017, starring Murray Simon, Amy Sutton and Radio 4 regular David Mounfield.

The Ministry of Biscuits – song excerpts

‘London Transport’ – Song

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