Our House

This article is from 2008.

Our House

Theatre Royal, Glasgow, until Sat 5 Jul; Playhouse, Edinburgh, Mon 7–Sat 12 Jul

MUSICAL

Following in the footsteps of popular jukebox musicals Mamma Mia! and We Will Rock You, comes this effort from writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls), featuring the music of ska/pop legends Madness. Comparable to a London-based Blood Brothers, Our House is the story of teenager Joe, who faces a dilemma that splits his world.

Starring as the ghost of Joe’s dad (played by Madness frontman Suggs in the Olivier Award-winning West End production), original X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein explains that this is more than just a tribute show. ‘People have found that it’s the show that they love, and people have been converted to fans of Madness because of it. You don’t get surprised by thinking that a song doesn’t work – it really feels as if the songs were made for the show and not the other way round.’

Favourably comparing the lyrical prowess of Madness to Noël Coward, Brookstein stresses the emotional depth of the show. ‘It’s very warm, romantic and funny, but it’s also poignant and sad, and it touches a lot of people’s lives. Times in their lives where they were faced with an ultimatum, a choice that defined who they were or where they were going, a job opportunity they turned down or a move abroad, and it’s about those little choices in life, in destiny and what’s meant to be. It’s very human in that respect.’

It may not be one step beyond, but missing this would still be an embarrassment. Baggy trousers optional.

Our House

A fast-moving romantic comedy set in North London featuring the music of Madness.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Tue 24 Oct

£29.32–£37.37 / 020 3285 6000

Wed 25 Oct

£29.32–£37.37 / 020 3285 6000

Thu 26 Oct

£29.32–£37.37 / 020 3285 6000

…and 2 more dates until 28 Oct

Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow

Tue 10 Oct

£14.50–£16.50 / 0141 577 4956

Wed 11 Oct

£14.50–£16.50 / 0141 577 4956

Thu 12 Oct

£14.50–£16.50 / 0141 577 4956

…and 2 more dates until 14 Oct

Grand Theatre, Swansea

Tue 3 Oct

£23–£34.50 / 01792 475715

Wed 4 Oct

£23–£34.50 / 01792 475715

Thu 5 Oct

£23–£34.50 / 01792 475715

…and 2 more dates until 7 Oct

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Our House

Because after the Queen musical, the Proclaimers musical and the two ABBA musicals, what theatre-goers were crying out for was a Madness musical. 'X Factor' pop tart Steve Brookstein stars in 'a touching tale of life and love, heartbreak and comedy, right and wrong.' Ah, aren't they all.

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