The two prodigal sons launch autumn season at Belgrade Theatre

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The Belgrade Theatre’s autumn season has begun explosively with its new musical The Prodigals: A Man had Two Sons bursting onto the stage last week.

The show, which stars West End actor Simon Bowman, shows until Saturday September 14 and is loosely based on the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son. The Prodigals follows the story of Colonel Luke Gibson, a father who tries to balance his love for his two very different sons. One has been fighting for Queen and country in Afghanistan, whilst the other has hit rock bottom after touring the country with his drug fuelled band.

The Prodigals is a developed version of a workshop production that premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. It features a range of eclectic, original songs with each character reflecting a particular style of music – from the high energy, electronic beats of Kyle’s band, to the epic, rock ballads of his father, Colonel Gibson. The choreography covers a range of styles and includes sequences of dramatic street dance.

After directing Strindberg’s The Father in April 2012, Joe Harmston returns to the Belgrade to direct The Prodigals.

Joe said: “To have all the support of The Belgrade and now this incredibly talented cast led by Simon is the perfect start to this adventure.

“The show was very well received at The Edinburgh Festival and we hope this new and greatly developed version will inspire and challenge audiences even more. The Belgrade is the perfect theatre for the piece and its record as the starting place for so much exciting work is building season by season.”

Tickets for The Prodigals are available now from the box office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £18.25 to £31.25.