The Croydon-based Mitre Players will be bringing a production of Alan Parker’s classic kids’ gangster musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ to the Apollo at the end of July – but with an adult cast!

For those unfamiliar with ‘Bugsy Malone’, the plot goes something like this.  Dandy Dan’s hoodlums terrorise the district, exterminating undesirables with their new weapon – splurge guns. His rival is Fat Sam Stacetto, who runs the Grand Slam Speakeasy, but Fat Sam’s gang still use old-fashioned pies. Fat Sam engages the help of Bugsy Malone, a smooth city slicker who hitherto has been more occupied in sweet-talking Blousey Brown, a would-be girl singer. With Bugsy’s help, Fat Sam escapes from a frame-up but he learns later that Dandy Dan’s mob have splurged nearly all his gang. They’ve also destroyed his sarsaparilla and grocery rackets – the whole empire’s gone. There’s only one hope left. Fat Sam pays Bugsy $400 in exchange for more help. Bugsy, who has promised to take Blousey to Hollywood, has to break his date with her. Is she mad? Meanwhile Bugsy and Leroy Smith, a guy with an awesome punch, witness a secret delivery of splurge guns at Dock 17. With a bunch of down-and-outs, they help themselves from the crates. Then the police arrive, let by Captain Smolsky and Lieutenant O’Dreary. Bugsy and the gang escape through a trapdoor.  Finally Dandy Dan prepares for a showdown at Fat Sam’s speakeasy. When his mob burst in, Bugsy and the guys let ‘em have it – the works. Splurge, custard pies, flour bombs… Out of the gooey pandemonium it emerges that Bugsy and Blousey have made it up. Peace has broken out at last.

The Mitre Players is a dramatic society for former pupils of Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, though it is also open to anyone else interested in amateur dramatics (The Trinity Mid Whitgiftian Association).  They present 4 or 5 productions a year in a wide variety of venues, including the prestigious Minack Theatre on the cliffs near Land’s End and the Shaftesbury Theatre in Dawlish.  We are delighted to welcome them to the Apollo.

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