Idea Hat’s Ian Haig is Founder and Producer of Showtime Challenge 48-Hour Musicals, bringing together a cast of 100+ professional actors and talented amateurs, a 30-piece orchestra, and a hard-working production team. All volunteers, they pull together to produce a professional-standard all-singing, all-dancing musical in just 48 hours. Rehearsals start on Friday night. None of the cast have worked together on the show before this time. Then, 48 amazing, exciting, exhausting hours later, in a major West End theatre, it’s showtime!

Celebrity hosts and supports have included Julian Clary, Bernard Cribbins, Mel Giedroy, Les Dennis, Anneka Rice, Vinnie Jones, Eamonn Holmes, Warwick Davis, Gail Porter and Mel Smith.

“A play would be difficult to do in 48 hours. A musical? I’m absolutely astounded.” – Dame Judi Dench

“Such wild bravery. It’s impossibly exciting.” – Stephen Fry

“Genuinely fresh and exciting.” – Stephen Sondheim