STAGING a musical can be a messy business — as audiences will find out at the Mitre Players' performance of Bugsy Malone.

The classic kids' gangster musical opens at the Apollo Theatre, Newport, on Tuesday and runs until August 3.

And although it has an all adult cast, making it darker, grittier and bigger on laughs, don't worry — there will still be splurge guns.

Based on the hit 1976 film, it features cartoon cut-out characters, a catchy, swinging score played by a live eight piece band, dancing and plenty of razzmatazz.

Based in Croydon, the Mitre Players have been touring and performing musicals with a difference since 1987.

Director Jo Morrison said: "As soon as we walked into the theatre we all knew this was destined to be our next touring venue.

"We feel it suits our style of show and we were made to feel very welcome."

Tickets are available from the theatre box office on 210010 or 07419 340648, or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/apolloexternal

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