Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi

Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi

Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi

Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi


Phil Willmott's dazzling musical centres on the iconic Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool which saw the great and the glamorous pass through its doors from its heyday in the 1920s to 1940s.Cleverly juxtaposing the past and the present, we follow the love story of four young staff members - Nick and Jo in the present, Young Alice and Thompson in the past - brought to life with the vibrant and poignant reminiscences of Older Alice. 1930s Hollywood stars, cowboy Roy Rogers and tango supremo Carlos Gardel, mingle with Russian acrobats, American G.I.s, aristocratic guests and hotel employees. This is a full-scale musical for a large company with great opportunity for ensemble work and a variety of principal roles for all ages. Its flexible settings means it can be staged elaborately or simply as facilities permit.


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  • Genre: Period
  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Cast Attributes: Expandable casting
  • Target Audience: Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Phil Willmott

Multi-award-winning composer, writer and director Phil Willmott’s first collaboration as a composer with Mark Collins was the musical Lost Boy, which transferred from the Finborough Theatre for an extended run at the Charing Cross Theatre and imagined the characters from Pete ...
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