Judy! to play West End season

C6BNPB4WUAAfP_fJudy!, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, will play a five-week season at the London’s Arts Theatre from 16 May.

Following on from its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December 2015 and a successful run at the Southwark Playhouse last summer, the show which was previously titled Through the Mill will play the Great Newport Street venue from 16 May until 17 June.

Written by Rackham, the artistic director of London Theatre Workshop, the piece focuses on three significant periods in Garland’s career. Her early success as an MGM movie star; her turbulent touring years; and her short-lived career as a television personality provide the subject matter for a drama which features a selection of Garland’s most famous songs performed live.

The three actresses from the show’s original run will once again portray Garland at different stages in her life – Helen Sheals (CBS Judy), Belinda Wollaston (Palace Judy) and Lucy Penrose (Young Judy).

Harry Anton will play Sid Luft, with Amanda Bailey cast as Ethel Gumm, Carmella Brown as Judith Kramer, Chris Dickins as Hunt Strmberg Jr, Don Cotter as LB Mayer, Tom Eliot Reade as Roger Edens, Chris McGuigan as Norman Jewison, Perry Meadowcroft as George Schlatter, and Joe Shefer as Frank Gumm.

Presented by London Theatre Workshop in association with Julia Clare Productions, the show will be directed by Rackham with a creative team that includes musical director and arranger Simon Holt; choreographer Chris Whittaker; set designer Tom Paris, lighting designer Jack Weir, costume designer Millie Hobday and sound designer Ed Shaw. Hair and make-up is by Lea Steedman with casting by Samuel Julyan. Julie Clare serves as the production’s general manager, with Peter John Dodsworth as associate musical supervisor and Michelle Hutchings as assistant to the producers.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for Judy! are available HERE.

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