See What I Wanna See

8th September – 3rd October 2015 – Jermyn St Theatre

“I only told you the truth.”

– In Feudal Japan, two lovers seek to escape a doomed relationship.

– In 1951 New York, a body is discovered but multiple testimonies of how it ended up there stubbornly refuse to align.

– In 2005 New York, a priest wrestling with his faith orchestrates a hoax that backfires with unexpected results.


See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that looks at the difference between what we think happened and what actually did.


Comprised of three interlocking stories it asks us to question: do we ever see the truth clearly? Michael John LaChiusa’s beautiful and unexpected music blends a plethora of influences from jazz and salsa to classical and pop into a fluid, cinematic score.


It is a fiercely intelligent, heartfelt piece of theatre unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Michael John LaChiusa is the Tony nominated composer of The Wild Party, Hello Again, Marie Christine, and Giant.
The show is based on three short stories by acclaimed Japanese writer Ryu Akutagawa.


Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa
Based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
As translated by Takashi Kojima


Janitor – Jonathan Butterell

Medium/Aunt – Sarah Ingram

Wife – Cassie Compton

Husband – Mark Goldthorp

Thief – Marc Elliott


Director – Adam Lenson

Musical Director – Richard Bates

Assistant Musical Director – Ed Chun

Choregrapher – Claira Vaughan

Set And Costume Designer – Simon Anthony Wells

Lighting Designer – James Smith

Associate Lighting Designer – Martin McLachlan

Stage Manager – Martin Brady

Mark Senior     PR

Casting Director – Ben Newsome

Producer – Aria Entertainment

 “From performances to set and lighting, Aria Entertainment’s production goes over and above;
perfectly hitting the nail on the head with every aspect.”


 “A rare example of one of the finest modern musical theatre composers in a challenging and vital production.”


 “..exhilarating and exceptional..”


Each member of the cast is noteworthy for their talent and versatility..”