The world premiere recording of new British musical MAISON MAC is released today and available on all streaming platforms. With music, lyrics and book by Sam Woof (newly crowned one of The Stage’s “Fringe Five” of 2023), and music by Rudy Percival, the recording features performances by Lucy Carter, Pétur Svavarsson, Job Greuter, and El Haq Latief.
Macbeth with Michelin stars; Maison Mac is a deliciously dark new musical set in the cut-throat world of fine dining. With a sharply contemporary script and a score that blends pop with musical theatre, Shakespeare’s classic becomes a cancel culture thriller about two twenty-somethings who sacrifice everything to get to the top. Will anyone make it out unscathed? Can anyone stand the heat of the kitchen?
Like the titular play, Maison Mac is a musical about the white-hot heat of ambition and the lust for power. With a dramatic, fast-paced and joyously pop score, the show also explores gender, gender-queerness, and the navigation of identity in the ferociously masculine world of professional kitchens.
A timely adaption that explores the aggressive rise of cancel culture, Maison Mac trades in daggers for DMs and denunciations. This transposition of the classic unravels the moral complexities of this new culture, in a story where all characters are deeply flawed and there is no clear villain.
Writers Sam Woof and Rudy Percival said: “Approaching Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a daunting task, but the story we tell in Maison Mac of grim ambition seems to haunt our modern world – in our politics, our jobs, ourselves. At a time when our value is determined by our success, and having both worked in the service industry, we saw an opportunity for a relatable and yet brutal retelling of this classic. Professional kitchens are difficult spaces; they are strict and hierarchical, ferociously masculine and ruthlessly perfectionist. In the heat of the kitchen, Maison Mac explores the clashes between generations, between genders, and very different versions of queerness.
This show brings together all the things we love most about theatre: big musicals, great thrillers, and stories with complex queer characters and endless moral ambiguities. We ask big questions without pretending to know the answers! We’re thrilled to finally share Maison Mac with audiences around the world.”
Maison Mac is made possible with the generous support of Help Musicians, who helped fund the musical’s Concept EP recording.
To listen to the EP, visit HERE.