Oscar at The Crown, an immersive queer musical-meets-nightclub experience inspired by Oscar Wilde, will make its U.K. premiere at Edinburgh Fringe this August. Set to play August 2-27 at Assembly George Square Gardens in the Spiegeltent Palais Du Variete, an international cast of nine has been revealed for the ROYO and Rebecca Gold Productions show.
Queer performance collective The Neon Coven's three co-founders creator and performer Mark Mauriello, composer and choreographer Andrew Barret Cox, and director Shira Milikowsky created the work. Mauriello will reprise the titular role from the show's original 2019 Brooklyn run at 3 Dollar Bill. Joining Mauriello will be Melissa McCabe as Vicki, Yeohyeon Jung as Ramona, Letitia Hector as Sonja, Billie Kerr as Erika, Elizabeth Chalmers as Constance, Jamie Cruttenden as Bosie, Eloise Simpson as Exile, and Kim Hudman as Exile. (And yes, the names Vicki, Ramona, Sonja, and Erika are nods to women of Real Housewives fame.)
Set in a dystopian future where fascism reigns, Oscar at The Crown takes place in a secret bunker where the majority of what's survived are sequins, reality television, and the complete works of Oscar Wilde. The immersively staged show explores the rise and fall of the historic figure with flair.
Completing the creative team will be set and lighting designer Andrew Exeter and sound designer Charlie Smith. Casting is by Will Burton for Grindrod Burton Casting.
In a joint statement, The Neon Coven's co-founders said, “We cannot wait to bring Oscar at The Crown to Edinburgh Fringe. This show is about being together, being yourself, dancing and singing your face off, and, above all, obsessing over dead poets and middle-aged rich women."