The Sorrows of Satan
A hell of a comedy about a devil of a musical.
Inspired by Marie Corelli’s scorching bestseller, The Sorrows of Satan reimagines Faust as a drawing-room comedy.
In 1920s London, a down-on-his luck playwright accepts an offer of a luxurious reading of his new musical play. When he meets his benefactor it becomes apparent that the only way to get the show on is by adding bouncy tunes, bawdy jokes and cutting the boring, meaningful bits.
After all, audiences don't want art, they want entertainment. Don't they?
Will the playwright decide to hold on to his artistic integrity (for what it’s worth) or sell out for the promise of fame, money and the love of his leading lady?
Premiered at the Tristan Bates Theatre London in 2017.
★★★★ "It's the wit and ingenuity of the writing that impresses most ... Bateman offers a terrific variety of musical pastiches as the show-within-the-show gets brutally rewritten. Conley's endlessly elegant, inventive and often very funny lyrics are some of the finest I've heard outside Sondheim."
Book & Lyrics Michael Conley BML
Music Luke Bateman BML