New musical Proud added to MTFestUK musical theatre festival

Last Updated on 14 May 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

A new musical set in a conversion camp for gay men has been added to the MTFestUK 2021 line-up at London’s Turbine Theatre and on a ‘digital’ tour

Turbine Theatre Proud cast

Proud, a new musical set in a conversion camp for gay men, has been added to this year’s festival of new musical theatre, MTFestUK 2021.

The show will premiere at London’s Turbine Theatre this month as one of eight new musicals and then be streamed via regional theatres’ digital platforms in a “UK digital tour”.

The cast comprises Stephen Ashfield (The Book of Mormon), Chris Draper (School of Rock), Jordan Luke Gage (& Juliet, Bat Out Of Hell), Idriss Kargbo (Five Guys Named Moe), Freddie King (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), Rebecca Locke (Heathers), Carl Man (Wicked) and Nick McLean (Wicked).

It features music by Lee Freeman, lyrics by Mark Anderson and a book by Graham Lappin and Mark Anderson. It is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, with musical direction by Ellie Verkerk.

Proud follows David who, despite the acceptance and unconditional love of his parents, attends Reality Trek, a conversion camp for gay men run by “ex-gay” Donald and his lord-abiding wife, Bernice. With faith on their side, they guide David and his camp campmates through the programme but when the “illegally handsome” Rory arrives late, David faces the ultimate test on the path to the straight and narrow.

Proud replaces the previously announced Daisy which unfortunately due to circumstances beyond the Turbine Theatre’s control is no longer able to be presented this year.

The MTFestUK 2021 festival runs, in front of live audiences, from 17 to 29 May at The Turbine Theatre in Battersea before embarking on a “digital” tour of 12 venues around the country from 31 May to 4 July.

The other musicals will be Far From Heaven, #50days, The Man in the Ceiling, Millennials, HouseFire, Cake, and Tony! (A Tony Blair Rock Opera).

For full details of the casts and creatives and tour dates, visit

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