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Out of the Shadows: Miss Nightingale Comes to the Vaults

SEEN is delighted to hear that ffter five UK tours, the original British musical Miss Nightingale, by Matthew Bugg, finally enjoys an extended London run – six years after a small-scale production of the show was first seen in the capital. Miss Nightingale the musical transfers to The Vaults for an eight-week residency from 30th March to 20th May 2017; the perfect blending of show and venue.

Miss Nightingale is set in London during 1942. A smoky, underground cabaret club opens in the heart of a war-torn city. As a saucy new singer is thrust into the spotlight, two men struggle to bring their love out of the shadows.

A deeply touching and raucously funny tale of prejudice, passion and debauchery during the dark days of World War Two, Miss Nightingale brings the scandals, satire, and spunky spirit of the Forties sensationally to life.

Miss Nightingale reclaims the forgotten fate of gay men castigated as ‘the enemy within’ during the Second World War. Set against ‘Miss Nightingale’s’ dramatic rise to stardom is the romance between two of the men in her life – George, a Jewish composer, and Sir Frank, an upper-class impresario – at a time when society refuses to recognise their love and violently rejects their right to be together.

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. As parts of the ‘Free World’ seem to be turning their backs on homosexuality, Miss Nightingale is a timely – yet disarmingly entertaining – reminder of the progress we’ve made but the steps we have still to travel.

The show features 20 original songs by Matthew Bugg, from innuendo-laden Music Hall style numbers to tender ballads and complex trios and quartets, which wonderfully capture the soaring spirit and biting wit of the 1940s.

Since it was first staged in 2011 the musical has completed five national tours, playing more than 300 performances to 50,000 people at 30 theatres across the UK. Last year Miss Nightingale was named in the Guardian Readers’ Top 50 Shows of 2016.

Miss Nightingale the Musical is produced by Mr Bugg Presents – an artisan theatre company based in Sheffield, which specialises in new and original British musical theatre.

Miss Nightingale the Musical:
Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets priced £15 – £50 are available from

The Vaults Theatre
Leake Street