ALL OR NOTHING opened to critical acclaim and nightly standing ovations on 31 March 2016. The Sunday Express called it “A smile-inducing night of Mod nostalgia” with the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn adding, “There are some great gags, the music is marvellous” and the Daily Telegraph agreeing that “All or Nothing delivers the goods. At once cheeky and reverential”.
Written by the award-winning actress Carol Harrison, and directed by BAFTA winner Tony McHale, ALL OR NOTHING tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Steve Marriott; four charismatic young kids from East London with humour, attitude, passion and above all talent. They became The Small Faces and were rocketed into the big time, only to discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy. ALL OR NOTHING celebrates the unique sound of the iconic Mod band. The musical is packed full of all the timeless hits, including the brilliant Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Tin Soldier, Lazy Sunday, Here Comes the Nice, Itchycoo Park and of course All or Nothing.
The Small Faces journey in the music business is as vivid and colourful as their sound. And theirs is a legacy which lives on – raw and soulful music which inspired a whole new generation of stars including Paul Weller and The Jam, Oasis, Blur, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, and The Arctic Monkeys. Not to mention millions of fans.
In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas.
The sharpest Mod of all was known as a ‘face’. The Small Faces encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and streetwise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to ‘Rhythm and Blues.’
Carol Harrison, who also stars, is an award-winning actress and writer, well known for her theatre and TV work. Carol is probably best known as the exciting, fiery and passionate Louise Raymond in Eastenders. The storyline between her and son-in-law Grant Mitchell gripped the nation and it was for this storyline that Eastenders won the BAFTA for ”Best Soap” for the first time. For seven years she played the incorrigible Gloria in the popular seriesBrushstrokes, and also starred opposite Ray Winstone as sassy Loretta in the comedy series Get Back. She also starred as Dorothy in two series of London’s Burning. Her latest TV movie Martha, Jac a Sianco for S4C won six BAFTA awards.
ALL OR NOTHING is directed by BAFTA winner Tony McHale, a renowned writer and director for television, with hundreds of hours of screen credits to his name. These include Murphy’s Law, Waking the Dead, Silent Witness, Dangerfield, Eastenders, Boon as well as his own international award-winning five hour television thriller made by London Films for the BBC, Resort to Murder, winner of the Cologne Film and Television Festival. He co-created the BBC hospital drama Holby City for which he won a BAFTA for Best Continuing Drama and was until recently the programme’s Executive Producer and Series Consultant.
The show is endorsed and supported by many of those who feature in its story, including singer P.P. Arnold and Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie Marriott, who is the show’s vocal coach.
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PAST EVENTS – 2016:
6 – 8 Jun The Hawth Crawley
9 – 11 Jun Norwich, Theatre Royal
16 – 18 Jun Chesterfield, Winding Wheel
23 – 25 Jun Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
27 – 29 Jun Guildford, G Live
30 Jun – 1 Jul St Albans, Alban Arena
6, 7 & 9 Jul Portsmouth, Kings Theatre
27 Jul-27 Aug London, The Vaults
29 Aug-3 Sept Southend, Palace Theatre
5 – 7 Sept Eastbourne, Congress Theatre
9 – 10 Sept Kingston, Rose Theatre
12 – 17 Sept Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre
19 – 21 Sept Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
22 – 24 Sept Doncaster, Cast
30 Sept–2 Oct Weston-super-Mare, The Playhouse
3 – 5 Oct Buxton, Opera House
7 – 9 Oct Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
11 – 12 Oct Malvern Theatres
14 – 15 Oct Reading, The Hexagon
18 – 22 Oct Manchester, Opera House
27 – 29 Oct Wycombe, Wycombe Swan
1 – 5 Nov Cardiff, New Theatre
10 – 12 Nov Billingham, Forum Theatre
ALL OR NOTHING – THE QUOTES
The Daily Star Sunday, “Funny fiery and brave… you’ll have a rocking night out”,
The Stage, “The group capture that unmistakable mix of anger and arrogance that defined the Mod sound.”
West End Wilma, “If you’re looking for a fun night out and some good old British Pop culture- get your tickets!”
UDiscoverMusic.com, “Exuberant, celebratory and enormous fun”
MusicalTheatreReview.com, “It stands proud above the others (despite the band’s diminutive stature)”