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A university science lab. A kebab shop at 2am. An online gaming forum. Two strangers lives become intertwined in this intimate new musical starring starring Olivier award-winning national treasure Clive Rowe and rising star Lem Knights

Cells is written and directed by P Burton-Morgan (Madam Butterfly UK tour, In the Willows, UK tour, Jungle Book UK & International Tour), with music by Ben Glasstone, mixed and mastered by Simon Small and the Musical Director is Phil Cornwell. The Director of Photography is Jon Dickinson, the films are edited by Will Reynolds. Phil Cornwell plays keys and double bass and Curtis Volp is on guitar

Watch the full musical below when it premiers on Tue 26 April at 10am
Contains mild swearing.

P Burton-Morgan, who in 2020 won the Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for musical theatre book writing for In the Willows explains, “I’ve been talking to Clive about writing something specifically for him ever since we met 4 years ago, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity. It’s been a wild adventure creating a music video musical for this brave new world of ‘digital theatre’ in which we find ourselves. Hopefully we’ve succeeded in taking the best of both theatre and film to create something intimate and unique.”

James Dacre, Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate said, “In a year in which new musicals lie at the heart of our work, we’re delighted to be supporting Poppy and Ben to launch this touching story of a powerful new relationship formed between two strangers.”


Writer & Director                      P Burton-Morgan
Music                                         Ben Glasstone
Musical Director                        Phil Cornwell
Keyboard and Double Bass      Phil Cornwell
Guitar                                        Curtis Volp
Film-maker                                Philip Clyde-Smith
Film Editor                                Will Reynolds
Mixing & Mastering                   Simon Smal