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Thu 18 April - Sun 19 May

42 Balloons

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A world premiere from the award-winning producers of SIX…

Starring Evelyn Hoskins (Waitress, Gypsy, Spring Awakening) and Charlie McCullagh (Bonnie & Clyde, Jesus Christ Superstar). Be the first to see this incredible new musical before it takes flight…

2nd of July 1982. Using a lawn chair and approximately 42 helium-filled weather balloons, truck driver Larry Walters defied all the odds (and FAA airspace regulations!) to make his lifelong dream a reality and fly sixteen thousand feet above Los Angeles.

No, seriously. In a chair.

42 BALLOONS is an uplifting musical inspired by the highly improbable true story of how Larry, and his partner Carol Van Deusen, convinced their friends and family to help Larry achieve his dream of flying.

Featuring an irresistible, 80s pop-inspired score, 42 BALLOONS questions how far you would go to make your dreams come true. Is the sky actually the limit, and what happens if it doesn’t all go to plan?

42 Balloons has book, music and lyrics by Jack Godfrey whose other works include This is a Love Story (Dundee Rep, Birmingham Hippodrome) and Babies (Lyric Theatre, West End).

42 Balloons is produced by Andy & Wendy Barnes for Global Musicals & Kevin McCollum in association with The Lowry, Debbie Hicks, Sam Levy, S&Co and Kenny Wax.


‘All the hallmarks of a Cult Classic – so fresh and just what musical theatre needs to shake up the scene.’

Manchester Theatrical

‘the sheer spectacle and heartfelt performances make it a journey worth embarking on, reminding audiences that sometimes, the sky is not the limit—it’s just the beginning.’

All Things Theatre

‘It is truly something special…this is your next musical theatre obsession….absolutely my show of the year’

The Theatre Talk

‘It really does feel like you are watching the next big thing…The Sky’s the limit for this truly special piece of theatre, get yourself to the Lowry immediately and watch Larry take flight.’

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