Full casting has been confirmed for the first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music at the Watermill Theatre this summer.
Part of the Watermill’s 50th anniversary season and following on from the success of previous productions of Sondheim’s work at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 July until 16 September with a press night on 2 August.
Directed by Paul Foster, with award-winning Sarah Travis as musical supervisor, the production will star the previously announced Josefina Gabrielle (Desirée Armfeldt), Alastair Brookshaw (Fredrik Egerman) and Dillie Keane (Madame Armfeldt) alongside Rachel Dawson (The Snow Queen, New Vic Theatre, Stoke; Oliver! The Watermill Theatre); Alexander Evans (Carousel, London Coliseum; The Sound of Music UK tour); Phoebe Fildes (Peter Pan, National Theatre; Once The Musical, Phoenix Theatre); Alex Hammond (Motown The Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre; Calamity Jane, Watermill Theatre); Alice Keedwell (Loki in new musical Thor & Loki as part of Bristol Old Vic Ferment and the Old Vic Workrooms Lab); Lucy Keiri (made professional debut as Juliet in the Watermill Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet); Neil MacDonald (Grease, Leicester Curve; Chicago, Cambridge Theatre), Tilly-Mae Millbrook (making her professional debut at the Watermill for the 50th anniversary season); Benedict Salter (An Inspector Calls, West End; Shakespeare in Music, RSC) and Christina Tedders (Once The Musical, Phoenix Theatre; The Commitments UK tour).
The production will be designed by David Woodhead with lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Tom Marshall and choreography by Matt Flint.
Commenting on the production Foster, whose previous Watermill credits include Tell Me On a Sunday, said: “The show is full of laughter and loss and second chances. The Watermill’s unique, rural setting is a perfect place to tell this story which takes place over the course of a golden summer.”
Travis, whose Watermill productions include Sweeney Todd, added: “With its 50th anniversary being celebrated this year, and with Sondheim’s blessing to perform this masterpiece with a company of actor-musicians, coming back to work at the Watermill was a no-brainer!”
Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles On a Summer Night, A Little Night Music features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler.