★★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★★ The I Newspaper
With an original book and lyrics by the musical comedy award winning Rebecca Humphries, Prom Kween is a coming of age comedy for those who hit that age years ago.
It’s got it all; the jocks, the nerds, the mean girls……and RuPaul Charles. Yes hunties – RuPaul Charles.
It’s a show for any kid who took their glasses off and still didn’t feel pretty. Any kid who couldn’t understand why being a bitch made boys like you. Any kid who questioned what it meant to be beautiful.
It’s a story of falling in love; with who you are.
Part parody, part homage to the American-High-School genre, ‘Prom Kween’ satirises modern day America and its contradictions surrounding what is acceptable. This is a country whose new President wants to build a wall round Mexico, while the highest rated reality programme is a race to become America’s next famous Drag Queen. Go figure.
Think Grease meets Hairspray meets a Trump rally meets RuPaul’s Drag Race. With sequins. Lots of sequins.
In 2014 Rebecca Humphries, Jo Cichonska and Sam Swann came together with the aim to reinvent musical comedy. Their debut show ‘Dizney Rascal’ subsequently sold out the entire Edinburgh run, was the Scotsman’s ‘Pick of the Fringe’ and was performed live on BBC3’s ‘Edinburgh Comedy Spectacular’ which led to a UK tour. Rebecca went on to win the 2015 Musical Comedy Award-scooping both the Judges first prize and the Audience’s favourite. ‘Prom Queen’ is their highly anticipated follow up.
‘She is hard to beat’ ★★★★ Beyond the joke
‘Humphries is a real star in the making….the feel good show of the fringe’ ★★★★ Time Out
In 2017 Prom Kween was launched at VAULT Festival, from there it won an Underbelly UNTAPPED award which brought them to the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. The show left the festival with a whopping 9 ★★★★★ reviews, a Three Weeks Editors Award and a Best Ensemble Award from The Stage.
“life-affirming musical that fuses all your favourite high school movies with ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race”
– Three Weeks
“Prom Kween is a genuinely funny feel-good show. Behind the glitter and the pop culture references it is a thoughtfully constructed musical comedy boasting a few subversive touches to keep the audience on its toes.” – The Stage
Very cleverly written and performed with real class, if you can stop laughing (and dancing and singing along) you’ll see a beautiful and inspirational message hiding behind all those dazzling sequins.
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly
Full of surprises, triumphs, and surprisingly touching moments that wholeheartedly celebrate inclusivity ★★★★★ Everything Theatre
Unashamedly proud of its identity and genre, and how it completely owns it ★★★★★ A Younger Theatre
Very camp, very snappy show tunes. Full of pithy jokes, on-point pop culture references and superb surprises, ‘Prom Kween’ is a life-affirming musical ★★★★★Three Weeks
A mix of hilarious one liners and off the wall cameos ★★★★ Broadway World
Rebecca Humphries: Book and Lyrics
Training: LAMDA. Theatre includes Pomona (National/Royal Exchange), Temple (Donmar), Wild Honey (Hampstead), Prime Time (Royal Court). On television Rebecca has starred in Big Bad World (Comedy Central), Cockroaches (ITV2) and her newest sitcom ‘The Agency’ (BBC2). In 2015 she won the Musical Comedy Award for her sell out hit Dizney Rascal.
Tim Gardner: Composer and MD
Training: Goldsmiths. Credits as an MD include Little Shop of Horrors, 3 Steps Beyond (Goldsmiths).Credits as a musician include Nocturne at Bestival, Buckingham Palace private event (that’s right).Tim is currently writing the music and designing sound for a play at Kings.
Jo Cichonska: Composer
Jo trained at Durham and Mountview. Her credits as an MD include Titanic (Charing Cross Theatre), and Oliver (Leicester Curve), and Side Show (Southwark Playhouse).
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