Michael French and Laura Pitt-Pulford will lead the cast of Leicester Curve’s production of The Sound of Music – directed by Paul Kerryson – as Captain Von Trapp and Maria Rainer respectively. Also in the cast are Emma Clifford (Baroness Elsa Schraeder), Emma Harrold (Liesl Von Trapp), Mark Inscoe (Max Dettweiler), Lucy Schaufer (Mother Abbess), Annie Wensak (Frau Schmidt) and Jack Wilcox (Rolf Gruber).
The production opens on 3 December, with previews from 28 November, and runs until 17 January. Full casting, including children from Curve’s community cast, will be announced shortly.
Over the past five years Curve’s Christmas musicals have become increasingly popular, receiving widespread critical acclaim and attracting audiences from all over the UK. This year, Paul Kerryson reunites the talented team behind the smash-hit production of Chicago with choreographer Drew McOnie and musical director Ben Atkinson returning for a brand new version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music.
Laura Pitt-Pulford returns to Curve to play Maria. She recently performed in Piaf and Hello, Dolly! Her other theatre credits include The Return of the Soldier (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Light Princess (National Theatre), A Man of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse), Mack and Mabel and Parade (Southwark Playhouse), title role in Sweet Charity (Belfast MAC), The Little Prince (Lyric Belfast), Guys and Dolls (the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Clwyd Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse) and Copacabana (Watermill Theatre, Newbury).
Michael French plays Captain Von Trapp. For theatre, his work includes in the West End – West Side Story (Her Majesty’s), Radio Times (Queen’s Theatre), Les Misérables (Palace Theatre), Sacred Heart (Royal Court Upstairs), Art (Wyndhams) and Chicago (Adelphi). His television work includes EastEnders (David Wicks), Casualty and Holby City (Nick Jordan).
Emma Clifford plays Baroness Elsa Schraeder. Her theatre credits include Batman Live (UK & US tour), Twelfth Night (Old Rep Theatre Birmingham and international tour), Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Bristol Old Vic) and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC).
Emma Harrold plays Liesl Von Trapp. Her theatre credits Happy Days (UK tour), The Fantasticks (Jermyn Street Theatre), Hamlisch (St James Theatre), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (New Wimbledon Studio Theatre) and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Union Theatre).
Lucy Schaufer returns to Curve to play Mother Abbess, having previously appeared in The Light in the Piazza. Her other credits include On the Town (English National Opera, Théatre du Châtelet in Paris), The Firebrand of Florence (Barbican/BBC Symphony Orchestra), Sweeney Todd (Opera North), One Touch of Venus and Lady in the Dark (Encores! New York), Very Warm for May (Carnegie Hall) and Great Performances: Ira Gershwin at 100 – A Celebration at Carnegie Hall (PBS Television).
Jack Wilcox returns to Curve to play Rolf Gruber. He previously appeared in 42nd Street. His other theatre work includes West Side Story (UK tour), Singin’ in the Rain (Chichester Festival Theatre and Palace Theatre), Shoes (Peacock Theatre) and Wicked (Apollo Victoria).
For Curve, Paul Kerryson’s work includes Chicago, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Piaf, Hello, Dolly!, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Buried Child, Gypsy, Absurd Person Singular, The Light in the Piazza, The King and I (also UK tour), 42nd Street, The Pillowman and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.