It was always going to be a hard job following the success of previous alternative Christmas shows at The Wardrobe Theatre like Se7en Dwarfs and Oedipuss In Boots but our 2014 offering grew to be a truly phenomenal success. Muppits Die Hard ran between 10th December and finally ended on 17th January after 23 performances (included 6 added due to demand) all of them totally sold out! The show was seen be nearly 1400 people in the end, a truly staggering figure considering Home Alonely, our first alternative Christmas show performed to nearer 200. Muppits Die Hard began life in July 2014 as a handful of like-minded theatre-makers gathered in The Wardrobe Theatre for some research and development. Over the next few months puppets were designed and made and then in November, boosted by some Arts Council England funding we got to work devising and rehearsing with our creative team - Chris Collier as director, performers Corina Bona, Andrew Kingston and Harry Humberstone and myself as dramaturg and producer. Ed Patrick (Kid Carpet) provided all the music for the show (though largely from outside the rehearsal room) and we were joined for a couple of days during the process by the fantastic Bristol-based director, Emma Williams as a valuable outside-eye. With such a wonderful team in place, making the show was a brilliantly hysterical, creative process though we often had panic-attacks that we'd left ourselves too little time! The principal idea of the show was to create a comic, festive ode to Die Hard (the cult 1988 action film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman), told primarily with puppets and borrowing The Muppets' irreverent, self-referential anarchy style. It proved a winning formula. Audiences raved about the show and such was the demand for tickets, if we had a larger theatre I really feel we could have doubled the number of audience we had in. We were interviewed for Made In Bristol TV (below - we're from 6 minutes in) and had a handful of very positive reviews.
It’s Christmas Eve and high above the city of LA, exceptional terrorist Hans Gruber has seized control of a 35-story skyscraper and is holding everyone inside hostage. As this villainous German carries out his murderous plan of deceit, there’s one thing he didn’t count on - a mysterious party crasher, a fly in the ointment, a monkey in the wrench, a pain in the ass - the grizzled, street-wise, wise-cracking, New York cop John McClane who’s willing to battle against the odds single-handedly to rescue Miss Piggy and save Christmas.
“Immense action scenes, recurring gags and a bombardment of self-referential silliness makes Muppits Die Hard by far the best show you’ll see in Bristol this Christmas.”
Stage Talks ★★★★
“A zany alternative to the Christmas schmaltz, grab a drink and enjoy the action.”
Whats On Stage Stage Talks ★★★★
"As always, there is an unbelievable amount of creativity and attention to detail that makes the anti-pantomime such a heroic spectacle."