When Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio, Simon Bailey will star as Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star as Woman (the production runs from 29 July to 10 August, press night is 31 July).
Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. Prior to this he toured the UK as Raoul in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera. West End credits include Lieutenant Torrasso/Count Ludovic in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Enjolras in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre and Britney in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre. Bailey is also a founder member of ‘Theatreland’s First Supergroup’ Teatro.
Laura Pitt-Pulford was most recently seen asThe Falconer in the Tori Amos musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre. Other recent credits include A Man of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse, Piaf and Hello, Dolly! at Leicester Curve Theatre, Mack & Mabel and Parade at Southwark Playhouse.
Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Sondheim to tell a bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they’re just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. The story is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his ground-breaking Broadway musicals including A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.
Marry Me a Little was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met Sondheim while performing in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. In discussions at rehearsals and parties, Sondheim mentioned to Lucas the large number of songs he had written that hadn’t been performed or published. Lucas requested permission to use these songs, and with his collaborator Norman René, pieced them together to create a narrative between a young man and woman.
The musical premiered Off-Off Broadway in 1980 and was described by the New York Times as “an unusually moving evening”. It was last seen in London in 1997 at the Bridewell Theatre in a production starring Clive Carter and Rebecca Front.
Marry Me a Little is directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. It is produced by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions.