Chichester Festival Theatre’s highly acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre in December for a strictly limited 13-week run. CFT continues its musical successes with this revival which follows transfers of Singin’ in the Rain, The Pajama Game and, most recently, Gypsy. Sophie Thompson and Jamie Parker will reprise their roles, with further casting to be announced. Guys and Dolls will open at the Savoy Theatre on 6 January 2016, with previews from 10 December 2015.
This hugely popular and multi award-winning musical (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows), based on the colourful stories by American journalist Damon Runyon renowned for his vivid fictional depictions of the gamblers, hustlers and nightclub singers of New York, features some of Broadway’s greatest musical numbers. Guys and Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Cuban dancer and former Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright whose credits include Chichester Festival Theatre’s Singin’ in the Rain.
Sophie Thompson plays Miss Adelaide. Theatre credits include The Physicists (Donmar), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Clybourne Park (Royal Court), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe), Into the Woods (Donmar Warehouse) for which she received an Olivier Award, and Company (Donmar Warehouse and West End).
Jamie Parker plays Sky Masterson. Parker is currently starring as Mike Connor in High Society at The Old Vic. Other theatre credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Chichester and West End), Proof (Menier Chocolate Factory), Henry V, Henry IV Part I and Henry IV Part 2, As You Like Like It (all for Shakespeare’s Globe), Racing Demon (Sheffield Crucible), Revenger’s Tragedy (National Theatre) and The History Boys (National Theatre, Broadway and Australia and Hong Kong).
Director Gordon Greenberg has directed plays and musicals at major theatres across America and Europe, has written for television and stage, and runs the musical theatre programme at The New Group in New York. Current projects include the stage adaptation of Tangled for Disney, and a new musical project with multi award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Directing credits include the Drama Desk Award-winning New York revival of Studs Terkel’s Working, and the acclaimed New York revival of Jacques Brel is Alive And Well… (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Award nominations). Current writing projects include Scramble Band, an original movie for the Disney Channel, and The Single Girls Guide, a new musical updating Jane Austen’s Emma to 1964, and also adapting and directing Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn and The Secret of My Success for Universal Pictures Stage Productions. Recent credits include Pirates! Or Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d (created with Nell Benjamin), the Disney Fantasy Christening (with Neil Patrick Harris and Jerry Seinfeld), and Happy Days, a new musical (first US tour).
Choreographer Carlos Acosta trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba, and has danced as a principal with English National Ballet, National Ballet of Cuba and Houston Ballet. He is a Principal Guest Artist with The Royal Ballet, appears worldwide with companies including ABT, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov, Bolshoi and Australian Ballet, and has created roles in contemporary ballets both with The Royal Ballet and internationally. He has staged several shows across Europe featuring both classical and contemporary repertory, including his own choreography and the work of choreographers from his native Cuba.
Also in the creative are designer Peter McKintosh, musical supervisor/director Gareth Valentine, orchestrator Larry Blank, lighting designer Tim Mitchell and sound designer Paul Groothuis.
The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls is produced by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd and Tulchin Bartner Productions.
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