Newbury Spring Festival
Sponsored by: The Eranda Foundation and Claude Michel Schönberg

Corn Exchange

Lucky Stiff

Ahrens & Flaherty

Thursday 23rd May

ImageCorn Exchange, Newbury RG14 5BD
7.30pm (ends approx 9.35pm)
Free for Under 25s





University of Chichester Musical Theatre Festival Company
Miranda Kingsley director
Stuart Hutchinson musical director
Wendy White choreographer
Ryan Laight set and costume designer


The University of Chichester’s celebrated Musical Theatre Festival Company bring to the Festival this rarely performed musical farce – Lucky Stiff, the first collaboration for the team of Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music).


Lucky Stiff is based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo and is an off-beat, hilarious murder mystery farce – complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.


The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on vacation to glitzy Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn... or else his uncle’s gun-toting ex!


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