Eugenius! delighted audiences at its concert performance, now Eugenius! tickets are available for its first fully staged run at The Other Palace.
Eugenius! - the most hotly anticipated new musical you’ve never seen - is returning to the West End! It’s kicking off its second strictly limited run at The Other Palace in Victoria, London, and you really have to be there to catch it.
There’s been plenty of underground word-of-mouth, and one ‘concert’ performance – a sold-out, queues-round-the-block, one-nighter at the London Palladium. But now the show is hitting the big time!
Eugenius! boasts a ton of totally original songs that you’ll go nuts for even on first hearing – Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins have written a show full of instantly addictive hits – and they’ll be buzzing in your brain for the rest of the year.
Plus there’s a sassy script that’ll make you laugh, gasp, sing, cry, and shout ‘Go Eugenius!’ along with everyone else.
This is a show where geeks rule, dreams do come true, and everyone finds the superhero inside themselves – now they know where to look.
Honestly? You already need to see it again!
Book Eugenius! tickets now to see the comic book show that is sending shockwaves through Theatreland.
Eugenius! Child Policy
Age Recommendation: 12+
2hr (including interval)
Wed, 31 October 2018
Eugene - Rob Houchen
Janey - Laura Baldwin
Feris - Daniel Buckley
Evil Lord Hector - Neil McDermott
Theo - Scott Paige
Lex - Alex Bourne
Gerhard /Tough Man - Simon Thomas
Carrie/Super Hot Lady - Emily Tierney
Space Diva/Mrs Truthstretcher - Alison Arnopp
Eugene's Dad/Lord Tough Man - Christopher Ragland
Stock Jock/Laurence/Flock of Eagles Singer - Tom Senior
Jocks and Cheerleaders - Alex Tranter, Ben Darcy, Dilllon Scott-Lewis, Lauren Cancannon, Amy West, Sasha Wareham
Space Lord voiced by Brian Blessed
Director - Ian Talbot
Producer - Warwick Davis & Eugenius Ltd
Choreographer - Aaron Renfree
Costume - Hannah Wolfe
Lighting Designer - Andrew Ellis
Set Designer - Hannah Wolfe
Sound - Gareth Owen
Lyrics By - Ben Adams & Chris Wilkins
Music By - Ben Adams & Chris Wilkins
Musical Supervision - Stuart Morley
Eugenius! Critics & Reviews
Eugenius!, The Other Palace, London, review: The show has a rollicking spirit
The superhero musical, driven by a catchy Eighties-inspired score, which includes Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame amusingly voicing a robot, will plant a smile of your face
“You already need to see it again” shouts the jokily strong-arm publicity for Eugenius!, billed as “the eunique musical”. A cynic might say that this is so you can confirm that seeing really was believing the first time round. But this amiably preposterous show, driven by a catchy Eighties-inspired score by Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins (who wrote the book, music and lyrics) disarms doubters (to some degree) by being so obviously chock-full of belief in itself.
Sure, the show is not short of problems, but there’s nothing jaded about its high-energy combination of the tongue-in-cheek and the heart-on-sleeve. You can understand why the one-off concert-version of the piece at the Palladium last June generated such goodwill and created an appetite for this full staging, directed in zestfully upbeat fashion by Ian Talbot.
The leading character Eugene is a geek who spends his time creating a comic strip for an original superhero, Tough Man – catchphrase, “He’s tough but fair/And he has perfect hair!”. This muscle-bound prodigy travels through the universe with his sidekick, Super Hot Lady, but there is one chink in his armour. His powers are weakened if he touches a woman. All earnest adolescent awkwardness, Liam Forde’s Eugene doesn’t recognise that there could be some defensive connection between life and art here, but the link isn’t lost on his best chum Janey (Laura Baldwin) whose selfless romantic devotion to him goes unnoticed.
The jocks and cheerleaders who bully him at school are not best pleased when Eugene wins a competition and is catapulted to Hollywood, where they want to adapt his comic strip into a fully-fledged movie. So the show has to shift between the creatures of Eugene’s imagination and the actors hired to play them by the studio.
And there’s a sci-fi twist that gives us a third level. Tough Man has a wicked blood brother, the Evil Lord Hector, who (because of a prophecy) was sent off in lonely exile in a space ship as baby and is now roaming the galaxy in quest of his sibling on whom he plans to wreak revenge. For some reason I didn’t quite grasp, this figure seems to have evolved into a real person – with chaotic results when his flying saucer touches down in Hollywood and he mistakes Gerhard, the actor who is playing Tough Man in the film, for the genuine article.
The show does a nice line in villains. Cameron Blakely oozes seedy cynicism as the white-suited Tinsel Town producer who ruins Eugene’s ideas in search of a fast buck: “I feel we needed more romance and Spandex and less of the wizardy stuff”. Ian Hughes is a hoot as Evil Lord Hector, a hyperactive pip-squeak in a sort of Batman suit, deranged with dreams of zapping mayhem and malevolence. His de facto nanny, Kevin the Robot, is amusingly voiced here by Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame. A hard-working chorus play everything from the high school jocks and cheerleaders to hoofers waggling their stuff in pouty fish costumes.
Are you ready to let out your inner superhero, as Eugene himself must finally learn to do? That side of the story is not terribly well structured, but Liam Forde’s voice, with its excellent falsetto, skilfully negotiates the elaborately plaintive melodic lines in those Eighties ballads. And there’s nifty comic support from Daniel Buckley, Scott Paige and Shaun Dalton who all have great presence.
It is a truth “euniversally” acknowledged that shows which pile spoof on spoof like this one tend to disappear up their own weary knowingness. This one, though, has a rollicking spirit. Whenever you start to lose patience, it plants another silly smile on your face.
Formerly the St. James Theatre, The Other Palace will officially open its doors in February 2017, and will be a home and breeding ground for musicals at various stages of development. The Other Palace will focus on four key areas: programming, creative use of spaces, musical theatre development and audience engagement.
The main theatre will be the heart of The Other Palace, where the programme will consist of full productions, work in progress productions and festivals of new work. By day the studio will be available for composers, librettists, lyricists, directors and choreographers to discover and create new material. By night the space will build on the current St. James Studio model to offer a diverse programme including cabaret, music, musical theatre and crossover acts. A series of unique platforming opportunities for musical theatre in development will also be introduced in the studio; further details will be announced in due course. The theatre will feature an open mic bar in the hope that it becomes a genuine hub for anyone interested in the musical.
The Other Palace is fully accessible, with wheelchair access available to auditoriums, our bar and The Other Naughty Piglet. We offer half-price tickets for access patrons and a companion on selected price bands.
Wheelchair seats and step-free access is back row only in the Theatre. Please note that the auditorium does have a fairly steep rake and we would recommend those that have difficulty walking/mobility issues to sit towards the rear of the auditorium (Rows M&N)
We have a Sennheiser infrared hearing system in operation in the Theatre with two types of hearing devices available to customers. Headphones that amplify the sound or a necklace loop that can work in conjunction with your hearing aid.
Our Studio is unreserved seating but our Box Office are happy to help reserve a space to suit your needs. Please note that we do not have a hearing system in place in the studio.
The theatre does not have its own disabled parking, however there is one bay situated on Palace Street.
Access dogs are allowed inside the auditorium and staff can dog sit by prior arrangement. Please inform the box office at the time of booking.
Facilities At The Other Palace
Facilities: Bar Disabled toilets Infrared hearing loop Toilets Wheelchair accessible
Nearest tube: Victoria Tube lines: Victoria, District, Circle Location: Fringe/Off West End Railway station: Victoria Bus numbers: Routes 16, 38, 52, 73, 82, 42, 148 all pass near the theatre Night bus numbers: Victoria Bus Station) 24, 36, 148, C2, N2, N11, N16, N38, N44, N52, N73, N136 Car park: Eccleston Bridge Road Within congestion zone?: No