Nightingale sings at Theatre Royal

Miss Nightingale - The Burlesque Musical
Miss Nightingale - The Burlesque Musical

An acclaimed new musical celebrating scandal and showbiz will be at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 as part of a 12-week UK tour.

Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical, tells a gripping love story set in war-torn 1940s London.

Northern songbird Maggie Brown has moved to London in search of fame and fortune. She auditions at every cabaret bar, with her songwriter George, but nobody wants their act. Things aren’t much better with her boyfriend, Tom. And her brother Harry is missing in action. Meanwhile, George has problems of his own desperately trying to make ends meet as a Jewish refugee.

Everything changes when Maggie and George are picked up by the charming and wealthy nightclub owner Sir Frank. Soon ‘Miss Nightingale’ explodes onto the stage – shocking society with her outrageous outfits and saucy songs. She takes the West End by storm.

But out of the spotlight, there are tensions that reveal secrets more destructive than the Blitz.

Miss Nightingale – the burlesque musical brings the vintage glamour, wartime spirit and sound of the 1940s thrillingly to life.

This acclaimed new musical by Matthew Bugg features 20 original songs and a talented group of actor-musicians. It is directed by Pete Rowe. The cast includes stage and screen actor Ilan Goodman, and award-winning burlesque bombshell Amber Topaz.

Amber Topaz started her career in West End musicals, including lead roles in The Canterville Ghost and Les Miserables, film in Pigalle and television in London’s Burning and Star Street, before razzle-dazzling her way to international burlesque stardom. She enchants audiences around the world with her showgirl splendour and has performed her acclaimed act for fashion icons, rock royalty and leading politicians.

Matthew Bugg is a composer specialising in music for theatre. He has written music for productions at theatres across the UK and in the West End. These include Volcano, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Polygraph and The Handyman.

Matthew has strong family and career links to Nottingham, so bringing this production to the Theatre Royal is particularly special for him. “I have huge affection for Nottingham and am really excited to be bringing Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical to the Theatre Royal. I have loved working in the city on and off for the last ten years or so. The theatres are some of the best in the country and the audiences are wonderfully supportive. What’s more, my Dad’s family come originally from Nottingham. So all in all it feels very much like a second home to me.”

Tickets priced at £14-£23 and are available online at or on 0115 989 5555. The production is recommended for age 12-plus.