Novello Theatre
Aldwych WC2B 4LD
Spring Awakening
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Show Details
Preview 21st Mar 09
Opens 26th Mar 09
Closes 30th May 09
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm

Local Info
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64 Shaftesbury Avenue
020 7437 5088
Mint Leaf (Indian)
Suffolk Place
020 7930 9020
Tiger Tiger (European)
29 Haymarket
020 7930 1885

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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and  informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

"You have as little respect for the dignity of your assembled teachers as you have a proper appreciation of mankind's innate sense of shame which belongs to a moral world" - Frank Wedekind  (adult character in The Awakening of Spring)

The German Playwright Frank Wedekind called his play The Awakening of Spring a tragedy of childhood. It was an indictment of the hypocrisy of ill educated adults of his time steeped in the false morality of its church of the era. New dogmas & protocols reeking of blame and heartless in their purpose, were heaped upon the original pristine doctrine of Christ.  The mode at the time was vitriolic against any perceived opponents of the supreme authority that the church wielded over its flock. Widekind saw the effects of this on education and most of all on children.

"Frank Wedekind a sensitive soul, deeply stirred by the heart- rending tragedies about him. Stirred and grieved especially by the misery and torture of the child,- the helpless victim unable to explain the forces germinating in its nature, often crushed and destroyed by mock modesty, sham decencies, and the complacent morality that greet its blind gropings".- Emma Goldman, The Social Significance of the Modern Drama

The play pulled no punches and left nothing out - covering abortion, rape, school homosexuality, masturbation, parenthood, manslaughter, suicide and the agony of expulsion from the herd. It was a savage and shocking attack on the society led by the church. It was protected from annihilation– being an art form, but silenced for 74 years until it emerged on the British stage.

Spring Awakening now returns as a musical presentation with a talented young cast and a clever score. Simon Hale's orchestrations too, won it many awards, this is a play fascinating for historians of only a 3 or so generations ago.

The audience is rapidly growing as people flock to see it and come away maybe marveling at the palpable changes since the play was written. Songs are a powerful way to get a point of tenderness over.

The story
Teenage children of the era discover their own sexuality out of context with the dark mystery surrounding the facts of life. Failing to see it as sin , they experiment with sex. This angers and shames the adults who have so brushed it under the carpet that they didn't mention it at all - let alone as a sin. The children naturally feel devoid of a "proper appreciation of mankind's innate sense of shame" yet they are sacrificed to pay the price of the cruel, unfeeling outrage of the adults. Their emergence from childhood to adolescence therefore has tragic consequences. The music softens last century's out of date bitter darkness on sex and also renders this tragedy all the more poignant.

Aneurin Barnard – Melchior
Lucy Barker – Ilse
Natasha Barnes – Anna 
Chris Barton – Swing
Jamie Blackley – Hanschen 
Hayley Gallivan – Martha 
Natalie Garner – Swing 
Mona Goodwin – Swing 
Evelyn Hoskins – Thea
Edd Judge – Otto
Harry McEntire – Ernst 
Jamie Muscato – Swing 
Gemma O’Duffy – Swing 
Iwan Rheon – Moritz 
Jos Slovick – Georg 
Richard Southgate – Swing
Charlotte Wakefield – Wendla 
Richard Cordery - Adult Men 
Sian Thomas - Adult Women

Music and Orchestrations - Duncan Sheik 
String and Additional Orchestrations - Simon Hale 
Sound Designer - Brian Ronan   
Musical Supervisor - Kimberly Grigsby  
Lyrics & Book - Steven Sater 
Director - Michael Mayer 
Choreographer - Bill T Jones 
Set Designer - Christine Jones 
Costume Designer - Susan Hilferty 
Lighting Designer - Kevin Adams

© 2009 Updated 4th Aug 2009