Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical
by Kander and Ebb, 23-27 November 2010

Dark reality meets Hollywood fantasy in a South American prison cell.

From the team that brought you Sedos’s highly acclaimed production of Sweeney Todd comes Kiss of the Spider Woman : The Musical, the multiple Tony Award winning show by Kander and Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) and Terrence McNally (Ragtime, The Full Monty) based on Manuel Puig’s groundbreaking novel.

A powerful multi-dimensional story which explores the complex relationship between two very different men forced to share an Argentinean prison cell in the 1970’s: Molina, a gay window dresser and Valentin, a Marxist revolutionary.

Molina escapes the horrors of prison life by recalling his favourite movie sequences, all featuring his screen goddess, Aurora. But there is one role she plays that terrifies him - the Spider Woman, whose kiss brings death. She continually stalks the prison in Molina’s psyche, weaving her web ever closer.

Gradually Valentin is drawn into Molina’s movie world and out of this most unlikely of pairings, something extraordinary happens…

Terrence McNally’s compelling adaptation is wonderfully complemented by Kander and Ebb’s exciting score and lyrics, complete with Latin American inspired motifs and pulsating rhythms, strong ensemble numbers and heart-breaking ballads.

Don’t miss this exciting and seldom produced masterpiece!


Photo: © Nick Chronnell


Sedos is generally, and I would say correctly, regarded as the best amateur theatre company in London.... And so I had high expectations of the opening night of Kiss of the Spider Woman.... In short, it’s fantastic.... David Walker-Smith is fabulous as Molina.... Andrew Overin as the ostensibly heterosexual Valentin is completely believable as he succumbs to Molina’s charms and lifts the score with an effortlessly gorgeous voice. Completing the leading trio is Paula Mount as Aurora/Spider Woman who is every bit as seductive and other-worldly as the role demands; her 11 o’ clock number is a treat, and the nailed final note had our audience whooping... Kudos to Sedos for an unconventional selection which has been pulled off in (their now trademark) style. Very much recommended, but be quick as it’s selling out the rest of the run.

Sedos Feature In Amateur Stage Magazine

Amateur Stage, the UK’s only monthly magazine for amateur theatre, spoke to Sedos about Kiss of the Spider Woman in order to find out more about the challenges involved with mounting the rarely performed and controversial musical.

The three page feature looks in depth at how Sedos produced the musical and is a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes and also fantastic coverage for Sedos in the wider world.

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Cast List

MOLINA - David Walker Smith
VALENTIN - Andrew Overin
MOTHER - Susan Booth
MARTA - Alex Oliver
GABRIEL- Pip Deppeler
WARDEN - Stephen Beeny
MARCOS - Mark Londesborough
ESTEBAN - Mark Macey


James Franey
Tim Garrad
Trevor Harvey
Andy MacPherson
Anthony Newell
Ben Smith
Marc Theron
Chris Warner

Directors: Roger Harwood and Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Musical Director: David Griffiths
Choreography: Jane Saunders

Kiss of the Spider Woman - The Musical

Book by
Terrence McNally
Music by
John Kander
Lyrics by
Fred Ebb

The Bridewell Theatre
Bride Lane Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ

23-27 November 2010 at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 (concessions £12.50) unless otherwise stated

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Gala Charity Night, Friday 26 November
Tickets £20 (concessions £15). Ticket includes a glass of champagne and souvenir programme. Join the cast and crew in the Bridewell bar for after show drinks. Dedicated to the memory of Helen Dudley. 50% of proceeds donated to Cancer Research.

Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights. Cash only on the door.

Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Bridewell Theatre are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.

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