London theatre to run Beastie Boys musical ‘Licensed to Ill’

The unauthorised story of the band will run from November 23 to December 12 in Camden

A Camden-based theatre is set to show a musical called ‘Licensed to Ill’, based on the lives of the Beastie Boys, as well as taking in a history of hip-hop.

Camden People’s Theatre’ will host the show about “hip-hop’s most notorious pranksters” from November 23 to December 12, with Simon Maeder & Adam El Hagar taking the lead.

The theatre describes the play as ‘not for the easily offended’, adding:


“Join Mike D, MCA and AdRock – the Beastie Boys – as they go from teenage punk rockers to international rapping legends.”

“Using a mix of live music and DJ-ing, we travel through time from the hiphoppers of late ’80s New York to the early ’90s gangsters of LA – all the way to the total globalisation of hiphop. This loud, crazy show – a hiphop history tour and a playful exploration of the rules of cultural appropriation – will have you laughing and gasping in equal measure. Whether you know your Ghostface Killas from your Ice Cubes or if you’ve never heard anyone rhyme to a beat in your life, you’re guaranteed a good time.”


Last month, it was reported that a character from forthcoming Stars Wars film ‘The Force Awakens’ was also inspired by the hip-hop stars.

The character Ello Atsy reportedly wears a helmet bearing the words ‘born to ill’. His name is also notably close to the album title ‘Hello Nasty’.

The Beastie Boys also recently expressed their surprise at One Direction‘s success, with Mike-D asking Zane Lowe if they’re “number one, really?”

Ad-Rock then added: “You see pictures of these bands and they’re just hating being there. They’re tired and they got pimples. So [we] decided not to do those pictures anymore.”