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Sheffield theatre group give a Seventies disco twist to classic tale

Members of Woodseats Musical Theatre Company advertising their next show, Disco Inferno
Members of Woodseats Musical Theatre Company advertising their next show, Disco Inferno
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When Woodseats Musical Theatre Company director Mary Newey says she prefers to stage the classics, she’s telling the truth… sort of.

Last year’s show was the hugely successful All Shook Up, a 1950s variation on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night featuring the songs of Elvis.

This year’s show Disco Inferno has a catalogue of disco hits scattered through a story inspired by the legend of Dr Faustus, no less!

“We had such a hit last year with All Shook Up that we knew straight away we wanted to do something similar for our next production,” Mary said. “It’s a different era this time, very much the 1970s as opposed to the 1950s, but again it’s a show jam packed full of numbers that people will recognise straight away and that seems to be increasingly what audiences enjoy.”

Hits from the era include Hot Stuff, Crocodile Rock, You to Me Are Everything, I Will Survive, Pop Muzik, Don’t Give Up on Us Baby, Play That Funky Music and Night to Remember.

The show is set in nightclub Disco Inferno, where hero Jack, a glass collector with dreams of being a rock star, meets Lady Marmalade, who persuades him into a pact to trade his soul to fulfil his wildest fantasies.

The show runs at The Montgomery, Sheffield from July 11 to 14. Tickets: 0114 2644803 or 07855 423670.