Danielle Hope plays Maria in The Sound of Music tour

Danielle Hope will play Maria in the new touring version of The Sound of Music, beginning at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in January 2015

Danielle Hope will play Maria in the new touring version of The Sound of Music, beginning at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in January 2015

Actress and singer Danielle Hope will play the iconic role of Maria von Trapp in a new production of The Sound of Music which opens on Thursday 15 January at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley and then moves to the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton to commence a major national tour.

Hope won BBC Television’s Over the Rainbow talent show and as a result made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. She has since played Eponine in Les Misérables in London’s West End and Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Produced by Bill Kenwright, directed by Martin Connor, choreographed by Olivier Award winner Bill Deamer, with musical direction by David Steadman, this new staging of the classic musical coincides with the 50th anniversary of the film version – the most successful movie musical in history.

It all began with the story of the Trapp Family Singers and Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, which inspired Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to create a Broadway musical in 1959.

Further casting to be announced soon.

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