Pirate Queen makes her entrance

Published: 10 November 2019
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti

Rachel Tucker Credit: Danny Kaan
Jai McDowall and Matthew Pagan Credit: Danny Kaan

Musical The Pirate Queen will have its West End première next year in a gala concert performance in support of charity Leukaemia UK.

The show has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg , lyrics by Alain Boublil, Richard Maltby Jr and John Dempsey, and a book by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Richard Maltby Jr. Writing duo Schönberg and Boublil have credits that include Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

The story is based on the life of Irish Chieftain and pirate Grace O’Malley, who lived in 16th-century Ireland, and the novel Grania—She King of the Irish Seas by Morgan Llewelyn.

Starring are Rachel Tucker, currently performing in Come From Away in London's West End, Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall and Collabro's Matthew Pagan. Drew Baker directs.

The Pirate Queen gala performance will take place at the London Coliseum on 23 February. Tickets are now on sale.