Based on the book by Viv Nicholson and Stephen Smith

Book and lyrics by Steve Brown and Justin Greene

Music by Steve Brown


Before 1994, when the National Lottery began to regularly create millionaires, a big win on the Football Pools was one of the few ways in which ordinary people could become wealthy overnight.  By Euromillions standards the win was modest, just £152,319, equivalent to £3.3 million today but the interview when Viv Nicholson said she would ‘spend, spend, spend’ became the stuff of legend. Her turbulent life following her husband’s win now seems like a common tabloid story, but in the early 1960s it was a unique tale, almost operatic in its scale.  

Steve Brown and Justin Greene’s musical uses songs that completely reflect the period and are performed by our wonderful BA Actor-Musician students, who manage to combine singing, dancing and acting with multi-instrumental skills to create intensely theatrical storytelling. Like the previous cohorts on this course, they are bound to take the industry by storm very soon. 

Julian Woolford, Head of Musical Theatre



This production has been rehearsed and performed in Covid-safe conditions and according to Covid-secure regulations.

This recorded live production features the final year students of the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician programme in collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production and MA Stage and Production Management programmes. Please scroll down for headshots and Spotlight links.

Suitable for age 12+. Contains references to sex, home violence and mild swearing.

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Cast List

Ensemble (Alto, Soprano & Tenor Sax, Clarinet): Laura Andresen Guimarães

Mrs Waterman/ Landlady/ Judge/ Vocal Trio/ Ensemble (Alto Sax): Sophie Arthur

Sue/ Vocal Trio/ Ensemble (Clarinet, Alto Sax): Gemma Bidgood

Young Viv (Guitar): Georgia-Mae Fox

Viv (Violin): Ebba Haastrup

Viv’s Mother/ Ensemble (Cello, Viola, Violin): Grace Kellett

Keith/ Ensemble (Acoustic Guitar, Drums): Benji Lord

Tiller Girl/ Stewardess/ Showgirl/ Viv’s Daughter/ Hairdresser/ Ensemble (Violin, Guitar): Lauren MacDonald

Lad/ Policeman/ Voice of Pools Man/ Granny/ Fraudster/ Husband/ Ensemble (Cello, Bass): Alex Mallalieu

Jealous woman/ Keith’s Mum/ Ensemble (Flute, Vibes (Piano), Triangle): Rebecca Millan

Tiller Girl/ Stranger/ Show Girl/ Ensemble (Flute, Drums): Cara Murray

Ensemble (Glock, Violin): Sara Nelson

Receptionist/ Pools Man/ Estate Agent/ Keith’s Dad/ Ensemble (Alto Sax, Glock, Clarinet): Frederik Pahus

Miner/ Fireman/ Vicar/ Man/ Bank Manager/ Keith’s Grandad/ Stranger/ Ensemble (Trombone, Piano, Bass): Ben Pulman

Photographer/ Woman/ Florrie/ Beautician/ Belinda/ Vocal Trio/ Ensemble (Violin): Evie Redfern

George/ Ensemble (Alto Sax, Electric Guitar, Oboe): Wil Richmond

Tiller Girl/ Showgirl/ Ensemble (Flute, Percussion): India Rose

Lad/Bruce Forsyth/ Drinker/ Bank Manager/ Husband/ Pools Man/ Ensemble (Tuba, Piano): Jamie Stephenson-Glynn

Mr Balcombe/Husband 3 /Ensemble (Bass, Accordion, Snare, Drums): Dave Storer

Matt/ Doorman/ Tax Man/ Council Man /Viv’s Son/ Ensemble (Clarinet, Tenor & Alto Sax ): Ben Williamson-Jones

Creative Team

All music in the production is played live by the company. 

Director/ Choreographer: Stewart Nicholls
Musical Supervisor: Paul Herbert
Orchestration: Paul Herbert, Sarah Travis
Musical Director: Jamie Stephenson-Glynn
Set & Costume Designer: Elliott Squire
Lighting Designer: David Kidd
Sound Designer: Charlie Smith

Vocal Coach: Ben Furey, Tim Stuart
Dance Captain: India Rose
Programme Leader: Nicholas Scrivens
Filmed by: Alex Ryland-Jones
Head of Musical Theatre: Julian Woolford


Technical Team

Head of Technical Theatre: Jo Franklin
Programme Leader: Sheryl-Lynne Valensky
Production Manager: Rebecca Emery
Stage Manager: Robert Ashford
Deputy Stage Manager: Jade McIntosh
Assistant Stage Manager: Beth Riley
Wardrobe Supervisor: Charlie Povey
Hair & Make-Up Supervisor: Fiona Alexander
Scenic Arts Supervisor: Roger Ness
Workshop Supervisor: Jamie Fitzgerald
Construction Managers: Lauren Carr, Evie Redfern
Construction Scenic Arts Team: Tom Atkin, Bell Dean, Emily Dimeloe, Jade Haslam, Reese Marchant, Emerson Worsley
Production Electrician: Martyn Case
Lighting Programmer/ Operator: Nathan Boulton
Production Sound Engineer: Jonny Dickie
Sound No. 1: Rachel O’Hanlon
Additional Crew: Lizzy Stewart, Liv Tether, El Waldock