Theatre Event


The Crescent Theatre Company presents


by Music by Jason Robert Brown. Book by Alfred Uhry

23 - 30 May in the Studio at 7.45pm | Matinees: Sunday 24 & Saturday 30 at 2.45pm

There will be an After Dark discussion following the 19:45 performance on Fri, 29th May. Free to ticket holders.

The Crescent Theatre presents a full blown musical in the Ron Barber Studio and none better than “Parade”.

Parade, with its soaring score, drawing on blues numbers, spirituals and hymns, is a Tony Award winning musical set in the American Deep South in the early part of the last century (1914). The musical dramatizes the true events that followed the murder of a thirteen year old girl and the ensuing witch hunt that led to the arrest and trial of the Jewish factory manager, Leo Frank.

Check out the Parade promo vid on Youtube

Tickets: £11 | £10 Concessions | Sunday Matinee only £6

What our audience thinks:

“Parade...I loved the music so much I downloaded the album...enough said!!” M.B.

“West End standard at the Crescent Theatre! OMG, Parade is 'fab u luss'! Don't miss this production. Congratulations everyone - reduced me to tears!” P.D.

“A tremendous achievement for all concerned with 'Parade'. It looked stunning and the whole cast did a wonderful job. Well done to the musicians too, of course.” M.J.

“Caught the opening night of 'Parade' and was impressed beyond measure at the quality of acting, singing and direction. What a great production! I don't normally name names, but there were outstanding performances from Tiffany Cawthorne, Charlotte Elizabeth as Tiff's unfortunate stage daughter, and Guy Houston as Frankie. And as Leo and Lucille Frank, Rory Dolku and Andrea Stephenson gave performances that were compelling, heartfelt and wonderful. Get a ticket if they ain't all gone.” T.F.

“Amazing production, great set. Beautiful voices and acting that told an unexpected story. The music accompaniment and singing.” Anon

“A fabulous, thought-provoking production with some excellent performances. I was unfamiliar with the facts of the story so for me the studio was the perfect, intimate setting to draw me in and get me thinking. Having said that the production would hold its own almost anywhere as it was clearly well directed and flowed beautifully. It is not the sort of subject matter to laugh about but the lighter moments allowed me to draw breath and break any tension. A friendly venue. Easy to get a relaxing drink in the comfy bar. I shall certainly return to see the companies future productions if this one is an indication of what to expect. A thoroughly good theatre experience which leaves you thinking long after the entertainment finishes. I especially enjoyed the emotional and emotive performances of some talented actors and actresses. The way the story provoked discussion. The score, challenging and dynamic with some wonderfully delivered solos. (It was not a problem that I didn't know the songs.) I loved the depth and development of some of the characters and the energy and delivery of the leads made it very memorable. And although I don't want to single any one performance out I have to say the development of the multi-faceted character played by Hugh Blackwood was captivating.” B.

“This is a marvelous show with a dark theme, just my cup of tea. As always with the Crescent, and especially in the Studio, the staging was spot on. There was wonderful ensemble singing and some terrific solo numbers with sterling orchestral support. I came away uplifted by the music and deeply moved by the story.” Anon


Leo Frank - Rory Dulku
Lucille Frank - Andrea Stephenson
Mary Phagan - Charlotte Dunn
Frankie/Young Soldier - Guy Houston
Hugh Dorsey - Andrew Chaplin
Mrs Phagan/Sally Slaton - Tiffany Cawthorne
Governor Slaton/Peavy - Brendan Stanley
Brit Craig - Mark Horne
Tom Watson - John Guelke
Old Soldier - Toby Davis
Jim Conley/Newt - Hugh Blackwood
Minnie - Jackie Blackwood
The Judge/Starnes - Brian Wilson
Rosser/Ivey - Tom Inman
Lola Stoler - Robyn Woodward
Essie - Bethan Crisp
Monteen - Lucy Coe
Girl - Ellie Moldrik
Woman - Wanda Raven


Townspeople,Mourners,Guards,Jurors,Reporters,Chain Gang


Erica Avery - Keyboards
Matt Firkin - Percussion
David Hale - Double Bass
Ursula Miethe - Cello
Maria Oguren - Violin
Liz Oughton - Clarinet


Director - Daniele Harford
Musical Director - Gary Spruce
Production Manager - Andrew Lowrie
Production Assistants - Jackie Blackwood,Carolyn Bourne
Stage Manager - Alan Bull
Assistant Stage Manager - Stefania Procter
Set Design - Ina Krombholz,Colin Judges
Costume Design - Stewart Snape
Assisted By - Rose Snape,Jennet Marshall
Properties - Andrew Lowrie,Rakesh Patel
Lighting Design - James Booth
Electrician - Jack Tustin
Sound - Adrian Hooper,Adam Lovelock
Tea Dance Choreography - Jo Thackwray
Set Construction & Painting - Ina Krombholz,Colin Judges,Richard Constable,Phil Parsons,Stefania Procter,Michaela Butler,Ray Duddin,Judy O'Dowd,Gillie Churcher,Alan Bull,Andrew Lowrie & James Booth


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