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Comedians Jenny Eclair and Shappi Khorsandi to pen musical comedy for Nuffield Southampton Theatres season

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Comedians Jenny Eclair, Shappi Khorsandi and Natalie Haynes are to write a new musical comedy called Women in Power as part of Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ latest season.

Women in Power, based on Greek classic The Assemblywomen by Aristophanes, will run from September 6 to 29.

Other collaborators on the project, which is directed by Blanche McIntyre, include poet Wendy Cope, screenwriter and playwright Suhayla El-Bushra and writer Brona C Titley.

The musical comedy, produced in association with the Oxford Playhouse, will run at NST City.

Also announced in the season is The Bungalow Cafe Festival, which marks 100 years since the first women gained the right to vote in the UK.

The festival will include performances from Ruby Wax, a reworking of the story of Medusa created by NST Laboratory Associates and performed by comedian Elf Lyons, and Bullish by Lucy J Skilbeck.

The Mountaintop by Tina Turner musical writer Katori Hall opens in NST City’s studio ahead of a UK tour, in a co-production with Reading Rep Theatre and Desara Productions, directed by Roy Alexander Weise.

As part of its programme of work for children and families, NST sees two world premiere productions this Christmas; Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep by Sam Gayton and Billionaire Boy, based on the bestselling book by David Walliams.

This season also sees the return of NST’s The Shadow Factory and the previously announced co-production with Exeter Northcott Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston of Don Carlos, starring Tom Burke.


The season at a glance:

Women in Power – A Musical Comedy by Wendy Cope, Jenny Eclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi and Brona C Titley

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

September 6 to 29, with press night on September 13

NST City


The Bungalow Cafe Festival – A Celebration of 100 Years for Women

September 6 to October 13




Medusa by Laboratory Creative Associates

October 11 to 13

NST Studio


Bullish by Lucy J Skillbeck

September 20 to 21

City Studio


The Mountaintop by Katori Hall

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

September 26 to October 6, press night on October 2

City Studio


Billionaire Boy by David Walliams and Jon Brittain

Directed by Luke Sheppard

November 20 to January 6, with press night on November 28

NST City


Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep by Sam Gayton

Directed by Michael Bryher

December 13 to 30

City Studio

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