harlequin CD coverThe Rude Mechanical Theatre Company this week release the long-awaited soundtrack album from their 2013 summer production ‘Harlequin Goes to the Moon’. Recorded live by the cast at the company’s Peppe Nappa Studio in Eastbourne during the tour which featured over forty shows covering East and West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon, “I Want, I Want!” provides a permanent reminder of one of their most successful tours since they started to produce original plays in 2002.

With the words and music written by Artistic Director Peter Talbot and produced by Musical Director Grant Gordon (The Divine Comedy), the 13 track album features Natalia Campbell (vocals), Al ‘Twist’ Clarke (guitar), Georgina Filed (vocals and clarinet), Tom Jude (violin), Richard Kidd (guitar and vocals), Pall Palsson (ukelele and percussion) and Simon Spencer-Hyde (guitar, clarinet and mandolin).

Peter Talbot said “It’s a real pleasure to be able to release the album to mark such a great summer tour. We get asked wherever we perform if the music will be recorded as it is such an important and memorable part of our shows, and this year we managed to get all the cast together between dates on the tour to put the tracks down. We wanted to keep the recording as fresh and live as possible, and we hope we have succeeded in capturing the spirit of the play.”

This is the Rudes second soundtrack album release, following on from “Don’t Chase Crows”, the soundtrack to their 2010 summer tour “Ik’r’Us”. Peter continued “If the new album goes well we will look to release the soundtrack to all our future plays too. Having Grant Gordon as our Musical Director for the last two tours has brought us an extra dimension of experience in getting really strong arrangements for our songs and the audience feedback we received all through the summer reflects it”.

The Rudes are the only professional Commedia dell’Arte theatre company in the UK, which The Stage Magazine highlighted in their review of the show, saying “It’s a pleasure to see a company so expertly making good 21st century theatre firmly based in an old art form which is such an important strand in the history of our industry”, while Jenny Gilbert in The Independent said “The Rudes have made it their own”.

The company are now developing their own adaptation of the famous children’s story “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cat”, which will tour to younger Rudes fans during April and May 2014, with a new summer play following in June. The new album is available exclusively from their on-line shop at http://www.therudemechanicaltheatreshop.co.uk.