The Ultimate Guide to..., Theatre

The Ultimate Guide to Guys and Dolls

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As Company MK are set to perform Guys and Dolls at Stantonbury Theatre from the 17th to the 20th of October, I thought I’d give you the ultimate guide to this classic musical
The plot

This romantic comedy tells the tale of a bet between a crap game manager and a gambler, who is challenged to take a cold missionary on a date to Havana – and you can guess how things end up for the main couple of the show!

The history

The history of Guys and Dolls goes back a long way. The plot was originally based on not one but two short stories by Damon Runyon (a hugely popular author of the 1920s, known for his tales of the New York underworld) more specifically The Iydll of Miss Sarah Brown and Blood Pressure, whilst also borrowing a little from other Runyon stories, most notably Pick the Winner. The show opened on Broadway in 1950 to a rapturous reception from both critics and audiences, as it won the Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for 1200 performances. It’s been a musical theatre staple ever since! It first hit the West End in 1953 and has been revived in both New York and London multiple times over the decades since it first premiered. It was even adapted into a film in 1955, starring Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.

The music

The music of Guys and Dolls is classic musical theatre at its best. Fun, jazzy and catchy as hell, the classic songs in this score include Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat and A Bushel and Peck.

Guys and Dolls is on at Stantonbury Theatre from the 17th to the 20th of October. For more information, please go to


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