Disco Inferno, the latest Duchess’s High School musical, has already broken box-office records.
There are just a few days before the curtains are raised on the first performance on Wednesday and already the five-show run at Alnwick Playhouse is almost a sell-out.
Tickets have been going like hot cakes, making Disco Inferno the fastest-selling in the Alnwick school’s recent history.
Demand is so great that two shows, Friday and Saturday evenings, are complete sell-outs and the other two 7,30pm performances each have just three seats left.
The only show with availability is the Saturday matinee (2pm), but even that is almost full. So far around 1,200 tickets have been been snapped up.
“It’s quite remarkable,” said the show’s director Martin Allenby. “We are really pleased it’s proving popular.”
The students are planning a foot-tapping, hand-clapping journey back to the 1970s with this latest production.
In his programme notes, My Allenby says: “I never get tired of working with the many talented young people we, as a community, have among us. In the production of this show we have approximately 60+ students who are working together as a team to bring you what we hope will be a fantastic show.
“In an increasingly competitive world where examination results are so critical but simply not enough in the competitive university and job market, where everyone asks for that little bit more, it gives us all great pride to watch so many young people develop new skills and have new experiences that we hope will stand them in good stead for the future.”
In this video interview, Mr Allenby explains what a difficult genre disco is to master and how important these productions are to both the school and the students.
To buy some of the last remaining tickets, visit the Alnwick Playhouse website.