The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi

Hundred Acre Productions, David Ashford & Daniel Curtis in association with the Redbridge Drama Centre are proud to present the World Premier of the musical,

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi

The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he completely transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin's tramp or Tommy Cooper's magician. One of the first celebrity comedians, his friends included Lord Byron and the actor Edmund Kean, and his memoirs were edited by the young Charles Dickens. But underneath the stage paint, Grimaldi struggled with depression and his life was blighted with tragedy. His first wife died in childbirth and his son would go on to drink himself to death. The outward joy and tomfoolery of his performances masked a dark and depressing personal life, and instituted the modern figure of the glum, brooding comedian. Joseph Grimaldi left an indelible mark on the English theatre and the performing arts, but his legacy is one of human struggle, battling demons and giving it his all in the face of adversity.

Book: Andrew McConnell Stott

Music and Lyrics: Daniel and Laura Curtis

Producers: David Ashford, Hundred Acre Productions & Daniel Curtis

Director: Fraser Stainton (Hundred Acre Productions)

Choreographer: Georgia Benson (Hundred Acre Productions)


Kenneth More Theatre

Oakfield Road




Adults £20 / Conc £18.50

(prices include a £1.50 Theatre Maintenance Levy.)

Seating for this production is currently unallocated

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Wed 1 Sep
Thu 2 Sep
Fri 3 Sep
Sat 4 Sep
2:30pm 7:30pm