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Rasputin's coming back to rock

Press release February 6, 2008 Culture

Showcase for new musical starring the immortal mad monk headlines rocking cabaret evening of live music, theatre, comedy and poetry

Facsimile Productions and COG Promotions are proud to present An Evening With Rasputin, which will take place at the Wilmington Arms, Clerkenwell on Thursday 13th March 2008.

This evening is to showcase songs from the hot new musical Rasputin Rocks! which will be making its full debut in London very soon. The play, with book and lyrics by Andrew Hobbs and music by Alistair Smith, is set in Russia in the near future. An insane Russian emperor who finds out he is terminally ill decides to take the whole world with him. He also discovers that Rasputin has never in fact died but has been frozen deep beneath the Kremlin, and thus thaws the immortal mad monk out to help him in his evil plan. Only hero of the free world Tony Blair, fresh from his overwhelming success making peace in the Middle East, and a brave band of resistance fighters who worship the cheesier aspects of Western culture stand between him and a global nuclear dawn.

Writer Andrew Hobbs says:

‘This is no lazy jukebox show and you won't find the songs from any 70s rock bands here, although fans of the likes of AC/DC and Queen will find plenty to enjoy. Where else can you find a show which features pole dancing Polish workers, Russian death metal, a cheeky bit of doo-wop, and a former prime minister of the UK reflecting on his career through the medium of country and western? There's a few syrupy ballad numbers for the musical theatre faithful in there as well, of course, but they've got their tongue planted more firmly in their cheek than Sir Roger Moor attempting his serious face. Rasputin's coming back to rock!'

The show's house band Rasputin and the Mad Monks will be performing songs from the show at the Wilmington Arms, with guest vocal turns from the likes of Tony Blair, a Polish gospel choir and of course Rasputin himself. There'll be some exclusive previews of some of the dialogue and a few surprises along the way.

Not content with giving you a sneak preview of one of the hottest new musicals around, An Evening With Rasputin will also feature support slots from some very special guests.

Legendary one man yodelling machine Country Al and his Lonesome Guitar will be bringing his uniquely danceable brand of misery to Clerkenwell, alongside Russian stars Bleak, musical theatre sensation Lucyelle Cliffe and celebrated poet, comedian and Dorothy Parker impersonator S P Howarth.

Tickets are priced at £4 advance/£5 on the door.

Advance tickets are available from or by calling 020 8318 4999.

Wilmington Arms, 69 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4RL

Thursday 13th March 2008 7.30pm

For more information on Rasputin Rocks! or any of our other acts performing at the evening, or to arrange interviews or press tickets to review the night please contact David Walls on 020 8318 4999 or email [email protected]