What’s New Pussycat opens to critical acclaim

New Tom Jones musical What’s New Pussycat had its opening night in Birmingham this week and the show has been met with brilliant reviews from critics and audiences alike. Directed by Luke Sheppard, with lighting by Howard Hudson, the show draws on the classic picaresque Henry Fielding novel, The History of Tom Jones, and transplants it into 1960s London, soundtrack by some of the greatest hits by the legendary Welsh crooner. Here’s a round-up of what critics have had to say:

***** Whats On Stage

“What’s New Pussycat? is just what theatre needs right now”

***** The Telegraph

“Luke Sheppard … provides a booming night for the Boomers … both nostalgic and reinvigorating”

***** The Reviews Hub

“From the first notes of the opening number through to the finale, this world premiere of What’s New Pussycat fizzes with energy.”

**** The Guardian

“sheer, high-voltage fun”, “dazzling lighting by Howard Hudson”

**** Birmingham Mail

“From start to finish, What’s New Pussycat? is filled with sass and fun.”

What’s New Pussycat runs at the Birmingham Rep until 14th November. The rest of the creative team includes:

Written by Joe DiPietro

Directed by Luke Sheppard

Choreography by Dame Arelene Phillips DBE

Musical Direction / Orchestration by Matthew Brind

Set Design by Jon Bausor

Lighting Design by Howard Hudson

Costume Design by Janet Bird

Sound Design by Gareth Owen

Video Design by Akhila Krishnan

Musical Direction by Josh Sood