Fri Mar 13

A concept album for new digital musical ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY is to be streamed online, starring Natasha Barnes.

Royal & Derngate today announced that it is releasing a concept album on 27 March for a new digital musical commissioned for online and social media distribution written by multi-award-winners Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew. The release will be launched with a live concert performance at BEAM 2020, the UK’s leading showcase of new British musical theatre, taking place at Royal & Derngate. In line with the announcement, a short film by award-winning animator Tim Wheatley has been released to introduce each of the musical’s characters and the album will be available to stream or to download from all leading streaming services including Spotify, Amazon and Apple alongside Royal & Derngate’s website.

The first of a series of entirely original musical commissions that Royal & Derngate will announce this month, Zoological Society’s concept album features a host of musical theatre stars alongside Natasha including Charlie Baker, Bronté Barbé, Arthur Darvill, Sharon D Clarke, Louise Dearman, Tyrone Huntley, Irvine Iqbal, Lucie Jones, Jason Manford, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Jemima Rooper, Vikki Stone, T’Shan Williams and Matt Willis.

The album release will be accompanied by a live concert performance at BEAM 2020 on Friday 27 March, at 10.15am.

Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre announced: “Commissioned and created for digital distribution on social media platforms, Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew have collaborated with an extraordinary range of musical theatre talents in creating their outrageous new musical #ZoologicalSociety, which will reveal the innermost thoughts of a troupe of loveable zoo animals both onstage and online: from gossiping giraffes and depressed monkeys to a penguin nervous about becoming a single mother and two pandas feeling the pressure to procreate, this brand new musical comedy is definitely for grown ups only!”


A Royal & Derngate Northampton production

Music and Lyrics by Vikki Stone

Book by Vikki Stone and Katie Mulgrew

Illustrations and Animation by Tim Wheatley

Orchestrations by Simon Nathan

Musical Director Freddie Tapner

Casting Consultant Will Burton CDG

Music produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Joe & Nikki Davison at Auburn Jam Music, with additional recording at Masterchord Studios, engineered by Ronan Phelan

Concept album released 27 March 2020

View the trailer animated by Tim Wheatley here.


Concert performance:

Natasha Barnes – Pam

Charlie Baker – Alan

Bronté Barbé – Connie

Irvine Iqbal – Brian

Trevor Dion Nicholas – Englebert

Jemima Rooper – Laura

Vikki Stone – Pat

T’Shan Williams – Adrestia

Matt Willis – Jonathan

With the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and Chorus


Natasha Barnes – Pam

Sharon D Clarke – Adrestia

Arthur Darvill – Jonathan

Louise Dearman – Laura

Tyrone Huntley – Brian

Lucie Jones – Connie

Jason Manford – Alan

Trevor Dion Nicholas – Englebert

Vikki Stone – Pat

With the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and Chorus

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