Southwark Playhouse Elephant
25 March – 29 April


“I am the Jesus Christ of politics”

It’s time to set the record straight. Please welcome to the stage the former cruise ship crooner turned multi billionaire and Italian Prime Minister… the much maligned, misunderstood, humble man of the people Silvio Berlusconi!

A hilarious, naughty, noisy expose of the original perma-tanned media mogul and populist politician told through the eyes of the formidable women ready to share their side of the story and break the veneer of that million lira smile. As Silvio tries to enshrine his legacy by writing the opera of his life, his detractors are closing in…

From the Olivier Award-winning Producers of Fleabag and Baby Reindeer, BERLUSCONI is Evita on acid; a modern-day cautionary tale, an urgent and prescient story about a brand of political leadership that has become all too familiar. With soaring melodies and driving beats, this outrageous new musical assembles an award-winning team to tell the astonishing, outlandish, almost true story of one of the world’s most charismatic, charming and morally bankrupt political leaders.


Writers: Ricky Simmonds and Simon Vaughan
Director: James Grieve
Choreographer: Rebecca Howell
Set and Costume Designer: Lucy Osborne
Executive Musical Supervisor, Orchestration and Arrangements: David White
Musical Supervisor and Musical Director: Jordan Li Smith
Sound Designer: Dan Samson
Casting: Will Burton CDG
Associate Producers: Alex Cooke and Alan Hayling
Based on an idea by Alan Hayling
Developed by Wishful Thinking Musicals with Richard Buckton and Charli Eglinton

Producers: Francesca Moody Productions and Wishful Thinking Musicals