What with the horrible flooding we've had, the thought of a drought might sound a bit absurd at the moment, but Greg Kotis's latest musical deal with just that. Urinetown is set in a dystopian future, there the citizens are living through a twenty year drought. Things are so bad that private toilets have been banned, and they have to use pay-per-pee public loos owned by a corrupt businessman called Caldwell B. Cladwell. Many have tried to avoide the fee by peeing in the woods, but they are dealt with harshly, and sent to a mysterious place called Urinetown. There people live in poor, filthy conditions, and are abused by harsh law enforcement officers.
Kotis came up with the idea for his satirical musical after seeing a pay-per-use toilet while travelling Europe. It has been nominated for ten Tony awards, and has won the prize for best book, score, and direction. The show is playing at St. James Theatre until the 3rd and tickets cost between £27.50-£49.50.