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Preview: GUY: A New Musical to tour across the North East

Leo & Hyde’s
GUY: A New Musical to tour across the North East this February

The award-winning modern-day gay love story for everybody tours the North East, in a new version with more bops than ever before.

GUY: A New Musical premiered in 2018 at Hope Mill Theatre and The Bunker, and was the winner, of Best Show at the Birmingham Fringe Festival 2018 and winner of Buxton Fringe Award for Best New Writing 2018.

Two years later, GUY is touring the North East, sharing the story of a fat, gay, nerdy man looking for love. Combining electronic, pop and musical theatre, GUY is Queer As Folk meets Bridget Jones with a catfishing musical twist, leo&hyde’s award-winning GUY gives you 12 heart-pounding electronic pop anthems and witty, heartfelt story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men. GUY is a reminder that the only person you should be is yourself: #nofilter.

leo&hyde is a multi-award-winning musical theatre partnership, based in Manchester. They use current music to tell stories about modern life, technology and social media. Our work has been performed at The Lowry, Hope Mill Theatre, The Arcola, The Everyman, The Other Palace and The King’s Head Theatre, amongst other venues. 

The company was set up in 2016, led by Cumbrian composer Stephen Hyde (shortlisted for the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer 2018) and Mancunian writer / producer Leo Mercer (
a Stage One Producer).

Stephen and Leo commented: “We can't wait to bring GUY: A New Musical to the North East. We were delighted to be chosen by these six venues to bring GUY to the North East - we’re big believers that a gay love story can speak to the entire world, and can’t wait to share this musical with you!”

GUY starts a tour of the North East with a date at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on 3 February followed by Alnwick Playhouse, Saltburn Community Centre, Arts Centre Washington, Barnard Castle, The Witham, then finishes at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on the 8th February.

Critical Reception

✭✭✭✭✭ Fairy Powered - “This is a show that has all the tools it needs to succeed… a beautiful score by Stephen Hyde and a great book by Leoe Mercer”

✭✭✭✭✭ Theatre Box - “Exceptional cast… catchy [music]… a joy to watch”

✭✭✭✭✭ Boyz - “A fabulous mix of electric, synth-pop, punk, funk, rap, disco and high energy that will blow your socks off”

✭✭✭✭1/2 Manchester Theatre Awards - “Excellent… lean, fast-moving and contemporary”

✭✭✭✭1/2 Reviews Hub  -  “[An] irresistible rom-com of the highest order… The acting is first class, the singing is excellent and the songs are very catchy. Hyde’s music [...] seems refreshingly contemporary... there’s not one dud song in 90 minutes… Mercer’s lyrics are just as keenly observed and are often very funny.. Slickly performed with [...] infectious energy... leon&hyde are a formidable partnership... the show has the potential to be very big indeed”

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The Tour:
03.02.2020. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
07.02.2020 Barnard Castle, The Witham
08.02.2020 Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

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