Manchester Jewish Museum

Tanya Truman Productions present
Becoming Nigella



Manchester Jewish Museum's synagogue


£13 Full price
£12 Concessions
£12 M8 Members
£12 MJM Members
£0 Personal Assistant (book with concession)

Funny, heart-warming and mouth-salivating new musical, inspired by Nigella Lawson. Book, music and lyrics by Emily Rose Simons

When Anna’s estranged mother passes away, she inherits Nigella Lawson’s seminal cookbook ‘How to Eat’. She is surprised to find the book is accompanied by the spirit of Nigella Lawson, who pushes Anna into learning the joys of cooking, failing, and, most importantly, eating. Expect laughter, tears, roast chicken and some very imperfect cooking.

Book, Music & Lyrics by Emily Rose Simons
Directed by Grace Taylor
Musical Direction by David Merriman
Cast: Tanya Truman & Natasha Karp
Supported by Arts Council England and initially presented at BEAM2023 at Oxford Playhouse.


Tanya Truman is a London based performer, and creative producer from London. Emily Rose Simons is a London based writer, composer, lyricist, and Offie nominated sound designer. Tanya and Emily have collaborated on many projects together, including CONFESSIONS OF A RABBI’S DAUGHTER (Mountview Catalyst Festival & The Other Palace Studio). Both quirky, funny and Jewish, their friendship and collaboration formed through their love of musicals discovered whilst working together at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead!


During this concert version of the musical you will see a selection of songs and scenes from the original show performed live in the synagogue.

The recommended age guidance for this show is 15+. The show contains some strong language, themes of grief and loss, as well as references to food that some may find triggering.

The performance will begin at 7PM and last 1 hour. After the performance there will be a short interval, followed by a post-show discussion. The event will finish at 9PM.

Doors to the museum will be open from 6pm. The museum’s Café will be open for food and drinks before the show. Please note that food and drinks can not be taken into the synagogue, so please allow enough time before the performance.

Our building includes step free access to the entrance via a ramp and accessible gender neutral toilets. The synagogue is also wheelchair accessible. Click HERE for more Access information. If you have any additional access needs, please e-mail in advance.

We are just a 15 minute walk from Victoria Station and Manchester’s Green Quarter. Click HERE for information on travelling to the museum.

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