The sell-out Beastie Boys show Licensed To Ill will tour the UK in October before a Christmas run in London. The production, which won over Beastie Boys fans and cynics alike during an extended run at Camden People’s Theatre last year, will play at The Dancehouse, Manchester, The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol, and finally Southwark Playhouse.
Licensed To Ill is a brash, big-hearted new show about hip-hop’s most notorious pranksters. Join Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock as they go from teenage punks in 80s New York, via their discovery by legendary producer Rick Rubin, to international rapping legends and bona fide members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Fresh from a packed performance at Latitude Festival, this loud, crazy hip-hop history tour will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure.
Featuring hits from ‘Intergalactic’ to ‘(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)’, Licensed To Ill is an eclectic theatre-gig mash-up which incorporates three MCs, one DJ, and a whole lot of noise.
El Hagar and Maeder said today: “Licensed To Ill is the culmination of three years of hard work, rhyming, goofing, mixing and love. The idea came while we were flyering in the streets of London, and started rapping to passers-by in Beastie style. We had so much fun working together in that way that we wondered if the energy could translate to a whole show. And so, after some research and a few calls to the Beastie Boys’ management, the idea was born! The Beastie Boys didn’t just make incredible music; their life stories were hilarious and inspiring too. Licensed To Ill, therefore, is a fun, crazy, and heartfelt show about three unlikely hip-hop legends and their huge impact on the genre.”
The Dancehouse, Manchester
1 October 2016
Box Office: 0161 237 9753
The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol
5 – 7 October 2016
Box Office: 0117 902 0344
30 November – 24 December 2016
Box Office: 020 7407 0234