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Till, a poignant musical recounting the tragic tale of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy whose 1955 murder in Mississippi became a catalyst for the civil rights movement, is now set to captivate audiences in London, England. This emotive production delves into the events of the fateful summer when Emmett’s life was cut short, resonating with the themes of injustice and social change. Notably, Till earned recognition by being featured in the New York Musical Festival of 2019.

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Laura Collins-Hughes 

Till, by far the best of four shows I saw at this year’s festival, may unsettle your very soul.” 

“It blows the dust of history off a tragedy and brings a martyr to exuberant, mischievous, complicated life.”

THEATER PIZZAZZ, Carole di Tosti 

Till, the story of posthumous Civil Rights icon Emmett Till is perhaps the most powerful offering in the lineup of outstanding musicals this year.” 

“The music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz beautifully reflect the culture and ethos of the time, relying on gospel music, ballads and blues, especially in the beginning with When He Comes Back, Bless This House, The Lord is My Shepherd; and at the conclusion, the effectual and mind-blowing Follow Me. Locating all of the emotional highpoints in what the book writers convey, Schwartz relays Emmett Till’s enthusiasm to visit his family and go away on a wonderful vacation in the vibrant and high spirited Money, Mississippi. The irony that this is where Till dies is hair-raising.” 

“The songs and book in Till are monumental as they should be.” 

“It is a national treasure.”

THEATERMANIA, Pete Hempstead 

“Composer Leo Schwartz, who wrote the book with DC Cathro, has created a beautiful tribute to Emmett and his mother, Mamie Till.” 

Till soars with hope as it challenges us to stop the killing of innocent black men.”

Production History

  • New York Musical Festival – 2019
  • American Theater Group – 2020

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Updates for Till The Musical

Big Adventure Productions is helmed by London based creative Ian McFarlane. 

Ian is a highly experienced theatre maker with a career spanning over two decades. With a diverse background in producing, writing, and directing, Ian has worked with some of the most renowned names in the industry, including Dame Gillian Lynne, Sony Music, and Runaway Entertainment. He has also collaborated with numerous theatres throughout the UK, showcasing his expertise in bringing theatrical productions to life.  

As a production company our aim is to bring new and exciting works to the stage, with an emphasis on comedy…our speciality!

Whether it’s a bespoke new production, a revival, or general management Big Adventure Productions can make it happen.

Picture from the play of Till