First Track and Further Casting Announced For Women On The Verge…


Released today is Madrid, the exuberant opening number from David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s score for the new stage adaptation of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Capturing the humour, colour and chaos of Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. opens at the Playhouse Theatre on 12 January 2015, with previews from 16 December 2014 and is directed by Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher. Listen to Madrid on the show’s website.

Powered by a live onstage band this smart new musical comedy boasts an international cast: Ricardo AfonsoHaydn Oakley and Willemijn Verkaik now join the previously announced Tamsin GreigHaydn GwynneJérôme Pradon and Anna Skellern. Additional cast includes Marianne Benedict, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair Natkiel, Nuno Queimado and Dale Rapley.

On the streets of Madrid, a city pulsing with art, industry and passion, Pepa’s world is unravelling. Her lover leaves her. And then she meets his wife. And his son. And his new girlfriend. Meanwhile, Pepa’s best friend is tangled up in her own romantic crisis with a suspected criminal, leaving Pepa with only the taxi driver to help navigate the Gran Vía ahead.

Originally based by Almodóvar on Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown was his first international hit. It captured a liberated Spain, placing women at the centre of their own experience. Pepa (Tamsin Greig), Candela (Anna Skellern) and Lucia (Haydn Gwynne) became iconic, showing women struggling for power over their own lives, and with enormous humour and style. It also marked the breakout of one of our most important and unique international film directors.


Playhouse Theatre

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Twitter: @WomenVergeUK

Booking Number: 0844 871 7631


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Wednesday (from 24 December) and Saturday (from 27 December) at 2:30pm


£24.50 – £59.50 (Premium Tickets available)


Matt has been writing on all manner of subjects for over 15 years. He has written for a number of music magazines, made appearances on BBC Introducing and regularly contributed to local newspapers. These days he mostly writes about rugby and is passionate about providing insight into women's rugby! He also writes on theatre and regularly reviews shows across the south.

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