A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and China Plate co-production

Gin Craze!

A booze-soaked love ballad from the Women of Gin Lane.

Run time: Approx 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Age: 16+

Content warnings: Contains strong language.

An illustrated drawing of women drinking, laughing and playing music, one woman is holding a baby.

The Times

4 stars

The Telegraph

4 stars

The Guardian

4 stars

"raucous fun with a dark chaser ★★★★★ "

The Observer

Four women on stage facing the audience, in 18th century dress, playing musical instruments.

Gin Craze!

Book & Lyrics by April de Angelis
Music & Lyrics by Lucy Rivers

Two lovers, each with hidden secrets, struggle to prosper as gin hawkers. At a time in the 18th century when the average Briton drank 1.5 litres of gin every day, women were being locked up in cells to sober up and disorder was breaking out on every street corner, panic spreads among the upper classes who look to the magistrates, the Church and even their tipsy Queen to restore sobriety.

This raucous satire invites you down to the gin dive! Come on a journey through the joyous excesses of Hogarth’s Britain in this anarchic, ingenious and irreverent new musical.

‘…a bawdy feminist history lesson with anarchic spirit’ – The Guardian

‘…it’s joyful and dark, scholarly and fantastical,  finally rather serious but often very funny and breathtakingly rude’ – Libby Purves / Theatre Cat 

Featured in both The Guardian and Beyond the Curtain’s Best Theatre of 2021, as well as Whats On Stage’s shows they want to see return to the stage in 2022.

In partnership with English Touring Theatre.

April de Angelis, Lucy Rivers and Michael Oakley were resident artists of the Orchard Project.

Supported by the Garrick Charitable Trust.

Image © Ellie Kurttz

Cast & Creative Team

An illustrated drawing of women drinking, laughing and playing music, one woman is holding a baby.

April de Angelis & Lucy Rivers

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  • Moll / Queen Caroline | Debbie Chazen
  • Suki / Betsy | Rosalind Ford
  • Mary | Aruhan Galieva
  • Evelyn / Mistress | Paula James
  • Henry Fielding / Jekyll | Alex Mugnaioni
  • John Fielding / Bartholomew | Peter Pearson
  • Lydia | Paksie Vernon
  • Sarah Fielding / Informer | Rachel Winters
  • Book & Lyrics | April de Angelis
  • Music & Lyrics | Lucy Rivers
  • Director | Michael Oakley
  • Designer | Hayley Grindle
  • Music Supervisor & Arranger | Tamara Saringer
  • Choreographer | Paul Isles
  • Lighting Designer | Jack Knowles
  • Sound Designer | Tony Gayle
  • Assistant Director | Tian Brown-Sampson
  • Fight Director | Alison de Burgh
  • Casting Director | Matilda James
  • Dramaturg | Victoria Saxton
  • Co-produced by | China Plate and Royal & Derngate, Northampton

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