The European Premiere of a vibrant new musical at the Finborough Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics | Michael John LaChiusa


Director | Adam Lenson
Designer | Bec Chippendale
Musical Supervisor | Richard Bates
Choreography | Nick Cunningham
Lighting | James Smith
Sound | Sean Ephgrave


Ashley Campbell
Michael Cantwell
Katie Foster-Barnes
Nick Holder
Alana Maria
Laura Pitt-Pulford
Lee William-Davis
Julia Worsley


Finborough Theatre


27th October - 21st November 2009


The European premiere of a vibrant new musical from one of Broadway’s leading new writers. When Charlotte decides to give up smoking, she doesn't realise quite how difficult it will be. As she attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days, the events of a troubled past slowly begin to resurface.

Little Fish introduces us to a darker New York than that seen in most musicals. Inhabiting the lesser-seen corners of the city, Michael John LaChiusa blends a pulsating, jazzy and resonant score with intelligent and witty lyrics. Combined with a sharply observed book filled with humour, this is a truly modern musical.


There’s enough verve and bitter wit, both in LaChiusa’s writing and in Adam Lenson’s persuasive production, to keep it sharp rather than saccharine. This quirky show makes a surprisingly big splash.
Director Adam Lenson has delivered a thoroughly enjoyable New York-flavoured musical. He is certainly a name to watch out for.
Adam Lenson directs this both funny and serious musical with a deft hand and the talented ensemble cast
A credit to Adam Lenson’s skilled and sensitive direction
Adam Lenson’s Little Fish captures the neurotic creativity that rises and swirls like steam inside the pressure cooker that is New York. Lenson directs a musical that isn’t afraid to play. Complete with comatose bodies floating in pools, glittering kickboards and a guy named Jesus doing lines of coke, Little Fish brims with invention and energy. With an accomplished book, cast and direction, Little Fish is likely the best new fringe musical you’ll see this year.