Characters and Plot
Sophie is a sweet, but naïve, young lady, and appears to have terrible choice in men. She desperately to find 'the one', however, by the end of the opening number it’s clear that her love life is a disaster zone.
Despite anything that’s thrown at her, Sophie always tries to remain upbeat and optimistic, and this rubs off on those around her. She’s right in the centre of the story and links all the characters together and yet she isn’t the focus of the story, at all!
Charlotte went to college with Sophie but they haven't seen each other in a long time. Charlotte seems good at keeping (big) secrets and keeping people at a distance. Charlotte has a 10 year old daughter, called Leila, who she's not being the best of mothers to.
Charlotte is a feisty, attractive, but confused, woman and her jealousy and obsession is dragging the whole of her life downward. Will she find her happily-ever-after?
Leila is the bright and sweet-natured 10 year old daughter of Charlotte. She's never known her dad, and with just her mum in her life, she's crying out for some love and attention, which is seemingly in short supply.
Leila just wants to spend some time with her mum, who's lost in world of her own making, and oblivious to the gradually deteriorating relationship between them.
Geoff is Sophie and Ella's dad, and in charge of printing at
The West End Echo, the newspaper at the centre of our story.
He's been working like mad to try and retire early, and almost has,
but he's dedicated to his job and his boss says he couldn't do without him being there. So he's been putting his plans on hold, year after year.
Geoff dreams of travelling the world with his wife and spending more time with his family, and maybe some grandkids... one day.
Simon van Ewer is the charismatic Editor-in-Chief of the West End Echo. He exudes charm and confidence, and is compelling and persuasive, so it's not surprising that he attracts a lot of attention from impressionable admirers and co-workers.
At work he is a man at the top of his game; ruthless, commanding and keeps his junior editor, George, more than busy 24-7.
Harvey has been married to Amelia for 10 years and they have a son together, who goes to school with Leila.
Amelia is a bit of a handful. She's married to Simon and, being the wife of a busy newspaper editor, she doesn't see him very much, much to her annoyance, and she's not shy about expressing it.
To her friends, she appears to have it all: husband, son, wealth, prestige, beauty, beautiful house, nice cars. But, underneath, she's bored and unfulfilled, merely coasting through life without much direction.
What does she want?
Ella is Sophie's younger sister. Her dad, Geoff, has managed to help get her a new job as the PA to his boss, Simon at the West End Echo. At the start of the musical, she is bubbling over with enthusiasm for this new start in life, with a great job at a great firm. Life is all hers.
Despite her love of a good party with friends, she's actually quite an impressionable soul. She's a very likeable girl, but one of life's dreamers, quite happy to live in the fantasy world she creates in her head.
George is one of Sophie's closest friends and works as the Junior Editor at the West End Echo. He's still learning his trade and his boss keeps him busy, very busy in fact! But, he can cope, as he's striving to be more like his charismatic and successful boss, Simon.
The only problem with this is that George wants to be something that he's not, as he's actually quite a timid character, helpful, kind and attractive, but not really the gregarious type.
He's just not confident in his own skin, it would seem.