Five Guys Named Moe to open at pop-up theatre

A new production of Clarke Peters’ award-winning musical, Five Guys Named Moe, will be in a pop-up theatre at London’s Marble Arch (August 28-November 25).

First seen at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1990, it transferred to the West End and played for four years, subsequently playing on Broadway from 1992.

Songs in the show include Early In The Morning, Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry.

The soundtrack of soul, blues, gospel and early R&B is performed on stage by a live band.

The Marble Arch Theatre (pictured) is being designed specifically for the production and will transport the audience back to the jazz bars of New Orleans in the 1940s.

The production will be directed by Peters with musical staging and choreography by Andrew Wright (Half a Sixpence, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls).

Peters said: “It’s a show that is very close to my heart and soul and is so much of who I am.

“It’s an honour to return to it on its 25th anniversary and reimagine the show in this new theatre space; one which is perfect for creating a closeness and dynamic energy between the story and the audience.”

Peters has many stage and film credits and is also known for regular appearances in TV shows such as The Wire and Tremé.

Westminster City Council is working with Underbelly Productions to bring Five Guys Named Moe to Marble Arch in its own, bespoke theatre.