Comedy musical THE DECENT ROGUES heads to London's Bridewell Theatre


The Decent Rogues – the Bath theatrical success story of 2011 continues into the new year, with awards, revivals and London dates

When Dan Lashbrook and Rob Pratt completed five years of work with the premiere at Bath's The Rondo Theatre last July, they could have been forgiven for thinking that they had achieved all that they had set out to achieve. But the story of the Edwardian village of Horston Barrow and its gentlemen crooks was only just beginning as the theatrical success story of 2011 has gone on to achieve a sell-out run, awards, an imminent revival at the Mission Theatre Bath and finally see the company travel to London for a limited run at the Bridewell Theatre in March.

Following last year’s sell-out run at The Rondo Theatre, a partially revised version will appear shortly at Bath’s Mission Theatre, as many of the original cast rejoin the writers, and director Petra Schofield.

The Decent Rogues has also been presented with the prestigious NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) SW Award for Outstanding Achievement, as well as being nominated in two further categories in the Annual Awards – Best Musical Production and the Award for Achievement in Stage Decor. The winners of these awards, from nominations drawn from across the South West, will be announced at a Gala presentation at Torquay’s Palace Hotel on March 3rd.

Finally, a little over nine months since the world premiere, The Decent Rogues will reach the London stage, as the cast made up of some of the finest performers from Bath’s societies, brought together under the professional direction of Petra Schofield, will be representing the city as they take to the stage at The Bridewell Theatre, Fleet Street from 22nd – 24th March. This is truly a remarkable achievement for the two friends from Bath who have, along with their team of director, performers and crew, created every aspect of this production from scratch.

The Decent Rogues is written by Bath resident Dan Lashbrook with collaborator and friend Rob Pratt. Directed By Petra Schofield, it is set in 1908, in the Edwardian village of Horston Barrow. It follows two best friends who are also gentlemen crooks. This is their tale of friendship, love for their wives and revenge sworn by their sinister nemesis.

Having read of the surge in unoriginal shows and ‘juke-box ’musicals, Rob and Dan wanted to address this with a completely new story, book and score. The result is The Decent Rogues - a light-hearted but warming story filled with a treasure chest of hummable songs that will have audiences singing all the way home from Horston Barrow!

The Decent Rogues
Written by Dan Lashbrook & Rob Pratt
Directed by Petra Schofield

Bridewell Theatre, London 
Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th March 2012.
Performances are each evening at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Tickets priced at £15 / £12 concessions are on sale now, and can be booked on 0207 427 4742 or online at