Through the Mill transfers to Southwark Playhouse

Lucy Penrose, Belinda Wollaston and Helen Sheals in Through the Mill at the London Theatre Workshop. Picture: Darren Bell

Lucy Penrose, Belinda Wollaston and Helen Sheals in Through the Mill, due to transfer to the Southwark Playhouse, London. Picture: Darren Bell

Through the Mill, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, is to transfer to the Southwark Playhouse this summer.

The show, which was given its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December last year, will play the Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 July.

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 by a company of actor-musicians.

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).

The Southwark Playhouse production will be directed by Rackham with a creative team that includes musical director Jordan Li Smith, musical supervisor and arranger Simon Holt, choreographer Chris Whittaker, set designer Johnson Williams and sound by Ed Shaw.

Angela Thomas

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