The Broadway musical comedy spoof of star-studded 1970s jeopardy movies like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport, premiered in London for two glittering gala concert performances to raise funds for The Make A Difference Trust at the Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 20 November.

“It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. But what begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love they’ve lost…or at least escape the killer rats! Set in the wildest decade ever, DISASTER! is packed with unforgettable 70s dancefloor hits including “I Will Survive”, “Knock On Wood,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”.

The show starred its creator Broadway legend Seth Rudetsky who is once again played Ted Scheider, the professor and “disaster expert” who tries to warn the others of the impending doom. Jennifer Simard recreated her Tony-nominated role as gambling-addicted nun, Sister Mary Downy. The UK cast of top West End performers included: Sally Ann Triplett, Sandra Marvin, Oliver Tompsett, Jodie Jacobs, Alice Fearn, Mark Anderson and Bradley Riches.


Professor – Seth Rudetsky
Sister – Jennifer Simard
Shirley – Sally Ann Triplett
Jackie – Jodie Jacobs
Marianne – Alice Fearn
Chad – Oliver Tompsett
Tony – Simon Lipkin
Levora – Sandra Marvin
Ben/Lisa – Bradley Riches
Maury – Paul Grunert
Scott – Mark Anderson
Jake – Chris Warner Drake
Weathy Man/Taxi Driver/Chef – Drew Geraci
Wealthy Woman – Ruthie Stephens
Essenble Man – Will Luckett
Essenble Man – Anthony Starr
Essenble Woman – Hayley Jones
Essenble Woman – Rachel Grundy
Essenble Woman – Katie Warsop
Ensemble Man – Sam Lathwood


Director – Jack Plotnick
Musical Director – James Taylor
Choreographer – Ashley Nottingham
Assistant Choreographer – Lisa Darnell
Lighting Designer – Rachel Sampley
Sound Designer – Nico Demaghi
Assistant Director – Max Reynolds
Props – James Prendegast
Costume Designer – Estera Parker
Costume Assistant – Amy Hills
Make Up Designer – Abby Nayler


★★★★★ “The material is so strong that we must all hope that before too long we’ll be able to see a big budget, fully-staged production of this delightfully raucous musical comedy.” – Gay Times

★★★★★ “A knockout show… glitter, flares, medallions & chest hair – we need more Disaster! soon. Make it happen!” – The Spy In the Stalls

★★★★★ “A gloriously funny comedy. I can’t wait for (Another) Disaster! to hit the West End” – Stage Review

★★★★★ “One of theatre’s comedy events of the year – this is one disaster that the West End sorely needs” – Musical Theatre Review