Show about Britney Spears to tour in spring 2022
21 December 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme
Shereen Roushbaiani is to tour a one-woman show which “melds together the real-world events of Britney Spears’ turbulent life with the voice of a millennial superfan”.
Saving Britney will explore the “magnetic effect of pop stars, the problematic depiction of mental health in the media and the tricksy subject of how Britney was over- (or under-) protected by her conservatorship”.
The show takes its inspiration from the #FreeBritney movement and the public battle to get her conservatorship legally removed. It was first performed at the Old Red Lion in June 2021, when it reopened the Islington venue after lockdown.
Roushbaiani who co-devised the show performs as Jean, a millennial who grew up alongside the rise and fall of Britney Spears. David Shopland is writer, director and designer.
He said, “we're very excited to be taking Saving Britney out on the road and introducing the show to parts of the country that have yet to experience this production. We hope people around the UK enjoy the nostalgia, humour and social commentary as much as audiences in London and the south west have so far."
Saving Britney will open at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham from 13 until 15 January 2022. It will then tour to Town and Gown, Cambridge, from 20 until 22 January, Alma Tavern, Bristol from 27 until 29 January, The LBT, Huddersfield on 11 and 12 February, Theatre @41, York on 13 February, Lichfield Garrick on 18 February, South Mill Arts, Bishop’s Stortford on 24 February, Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk on 2 March, Old Electric, Blackpool on 5 March, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester from 8 until 10 March, The Nutshell, Winchester on 12 March and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on 25 and 26 March.