An interview with Matthew Bugg

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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The smash hit British musical Miss Nightingale runs at Hull Truck Theatre from Tuesday 26 – Saturday 30 January. We caught up with composer and choreographer Matthew Bugg to find out more.


HEY Today: So, Matthew, what’s Miss Nightingale – the musical about?

Matthew: The show is about love, loss and hope, and finding the courage to be true to your own heart. Its set in London in 1942, right in the middle of WW2, and it tells the story of Maggie, a feisty northern singer and her songwriter, George, a Jewish refugee. She longs for the bright lights and he’s hiding a dark secret in the shadows. They are searching for their big break but no one wants their act. Then everything changes when they are introduced to a seriously posh club owner Sir Frank Worthington-Blythe, who transforms Maggie into the saucy, sexy and sassy ‘Miss Nightingale’. Her outrageous costumes, saucy cabaret songs and racy love life create a scandalous new West End star. But out of the spotlight there’s a threat far more dangerously explosive than The Blitz. I don’t want to give too much away because what starts out as a typical rags-to-riches story becomes something much more intriguing.
HEY Today: So the piece is a totally original British musical?

Matthew: Absolutely. It’s really important to me that to make original work. There are tons of revivals, compilation shows or ‘jukebox musicals’ and adaptations of books and films, many of which are great shows, but there is precious little that is genuinely new. And I think audiences deserve the chance to enjoy something different.
HEY Today: So why should people come and see Miss Nightingale – the musical? What makes it different?

Matthew: Miss Nightingale combines the best of music theatre with the best of well-written drama. Musical lovers have plenty to enjoy in the show – cracking show tunes, hilarious comedy and heart-breaking ballads – but there’s also a complex story with loads of unexpected twists and surprises that will keep everyone interested. What’s so lovely is the different response we get from people who’ve been to see the show – some people love the comedy, others enjoy the love story and for some it’s the issues explored.
HEY Today: And this is the fifth time you’ve toured Miss Nightingale – the musical. Has the piece changed at all since the first production?

Matthew: It’s been completely reworked since we opened the first production back in 2011! In fact we’ve kept developing the show to make it better and better. And this tour we’ve got an amazing cast with some of the best and most talented actor-musicians in the country – they act, dance, sing and play all the instruments live on stage it’s so impressive.
HEY Today: And finally, why should anyone buy tickets to see Miss Nightingale – the musical?

Matthew: Miss Nightingale – the musical will make you laugh and cry and have you cheering for more. But this will be our farewell UK tour because we’re keen to start work on our next show, so it’s your last chance to see the show!


Tickets: Tuesday – Friday £15.50, Saturday £18, Matinee £12, Concessions £3 off (excl. mat.)

To book, please call the Box Office on 01482 323638 or visit

Published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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