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Wed 19 Oct, 2011
By Darren Waite


It’s a parallel universe where “girls grab their girls, and guys grab their guys and head on down to Lookout Lake.”

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Zanna, Don’t! returns to cast new spell on London theatregoers
Playing at the Bridewell Theatre, 8 – 12 November 2011

Centre Stage London (Zanna Dont's production company) is supporting the Albert Kennedy Trust with a charity performance of Zanna, Don’t! on Friday 11 November. As well as holding a bucket rattle to raise funds for the Trust, members of the charity will be present after the performance to speak to the cast and audience members about its work and support for LGBT young people.

Centre Stage London has also donated tickets to the Trust so that a group of young people can enjoy an afternoon at the theatre


Zanna, Don’t!, written by Tim Acito and with additional lyrics and material by Alexander Dinelaris returns to London this autumn for a one week only run at the Bridewell Theatre, presented by Centre Stage London.

The award winning show first burst onto the theatre scene in an off-Broadway production in 2003 and was hailed as ‘the fringe feel good show of the year’ by Time Out London when it premiered in London in 2009.

Zanna, Don’t! is an uplifting musical set in a topsy turvy town of Heartsville; where Zanna, the matchmaking teen makes it his mission to help people fall in love. The story centres on the students of Heartsville High; however, unlike High School Musical and Grease, the swoons and cheers are reserved for the chess champion instead of the football hero. It’s a parallel universe where “girls grab their girls, and guys grab their guys and head on down to Lookout Lake.”

But when Steve, the football captain, falls in love with Kate, the dance captain, will the high school and the town of Heartsville manage to survive the scandal? Will they be hounded out to love in secret? Can Zanna save the day? And if Zanna can save the day, what price will he have to pay?

“Zanna, Don’t! is an uplifting musical theatre experience, which takes the high school setting popularised by Glee, High School Musical and Grease and gives it a more challenging theme. We’re thrilled to be bringing it back so London theatregoers can experience the Zanna magic for themselves,” said Matthew Prince, Director. “It’s a bold, upbeat celebration of the importance of love, what ever way it happens.”
Using the alternative world to comic and tragic effect, Zanna, Don’t! highlights how everyone can feel different, lonely and isolated as they go through their adolescence. Whilst it is outwardly a fluffy musical, at its heart are some important messages about acceptance and the value of diversity.

Tickets are available now at www.centrestagelondon.co.uk

Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 November 2011.
Performances nightly at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Bridewell Theatre, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Tickets £15 / £12.50 concessions


About the Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust’s mission is to ensure that all LGBT young people are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes, by providing a range of services to meet the individual needs of those who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment. The charity was formed by Cath Hall, an experienced foster carer in Manchester, who appalled by the death of 16-year-old Albert Kennedy. He fell from the top of a car park in Manchester whilst trying to escape a car-load of ‘queerbashers’. Albert was a runaway from a children's home in Salford and was depressed. His short tragic life had been filled with rejection and abuse


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