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For ‘Who Is No. 1?’
For ‘Underdogs’


A world premier in Brighton Fringe, Great Britons – a ‘cut-price pageant’ of the great events in the great lives of some very great Britons all done on a shoestring – is a brand new comedy by award-winning writing duo Brian Mitchell (co-writer of The Ministry of Biscuits) and Joseph Nixon (co-writer of The Shark is Broken). Valiantly performed by penniless actors Murray Simon (Underdogs, Lord God) and Mitchell himself, Great Britons will swell your bosom with pride and split your sides with laughter. It plays Ironworks Studio C on 12th May, 4pm and 7pm. More details and tickets here.


“Like someone had put the Woman in Black in a blender with Morecambe and Wise…” – Broadway Baby.

Ingoldsby Legends, an adaptation of some of the best-loved classic macabre comic poems by Thomas Ingoldsby, based largely on Kent folk-tales, returns to Brighton this May for a short run at Sweet Venues – details tba. Expect ghost, witches, smugglers, Rhine maidens and walking clocks – all told in brilliant, rumbustious witty verse. Performed by Mitchell and Murray Simon. Clip about the show from BBC South East Today here. More dates tba.


Mitchell & Nixon‘s brand new comedy Who Is No. 1? – the incredible true story of the making of cult TV masterpiece ‘The Prisoner’ – made its world premiere in Brighton Fringe ’23 to glowing four-and-five star reviews and a 2024 FINALIST for OffWestEnd.com’s coveted OffFEST Award for Theatre. The show sold out and three extra performances were added. With Murray Simon (‘Underdogs’) as Patrick McGoohan, Ross Gurney-Randall (‘An Audience with Henry VIII’) as Lew Grade, and Robert Cohen (‘The Trials of Harvey Matusow’) as Kenneth Griffith and various.


For Underdogs by Brian Mitchell & Joseph Nxon, winner of the OffFEST Award for Theatre. More details here.


Available from Jan 2023

Also nominated for the OffFEST Award at Brighton Fringe, our divine new musical comedy Lord God, by best-selling author Philip Reeve (‘Mortal Engines’) and playwright and composer Brian Mitchell (‘Those Magnificent Men’), writers of acclaimed musical The Ministry of Biscuits, played a short run at the delightful Lionhouse venue, 19th-21st May. The show got rave reviews and was second on revered theatre-blogger Chris Neville-Smith’s ‘Pick of The Fringe’.

See our trailer here.

Or click here for more details.


Joseph Nixon
(photo by Louise Clarkson)

Foundry-Group founder member Joseph Nixon, whose play The Shark Is Broken, which he co-wrote with Ian Shaw, enjoyed a successful Broadway Run in 2023. Joseph has co-written many Foundry Group shows, including 2022’s OffFEST winner Underdogs (more news tba), current nominee ‘Who Is No. 1?’ and winner of Chris Neville-Smith’s 2013 award for Best Fringe production, Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks. You can find more details on Joseph here.


Our acclaimed production of Those Magnificent Men, Mitchell & Nixon’s hit play about the astonishing and often hilarious true story of heroic British aviators Alcock and Brown and their pioneering non-stop flight across the Atlantic, returned in spring 2022 with Murray Simon at Lt. Arthur Whitten Brown. It plays more dates October (tba) and is generally available for 2023/24


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October 12th, 2019 | Published in Uncategorized

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