Sheik’s ghostly Whisper House to open at The Other Palace

WH-Square-280px_Version-2Multi award-winning Duncan Sheik’s musical ghost story Whisper House will play The Other Palace from 6 April until 27 May.

Based on the rock singer/songwriter’s 2009 concept album and conceived with 30 Rock actor Keith Powell, Whisper House features a book and lyrics by Obie award winner Kyle Jarrow.

Following on from his critically-acclaimed Spring Awakening which picked up numerous awards including three Tonys, three Drama Desk awards, an Olivier and a Grammy award, Whisper House premiered in San Diego in 2010.

The Other Palace production which begins previewing on 6 April ahead of its 18 April opening night, will be directed by Adam Lenson, the recipient of last year’s Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award for developing the rock musical Wasted.

Featuring a seven-piece on stage band, Whisper House will star Simon Bailey (Parade, Southwark Playhouse), Nicholas Goh (The King and I, Leicester Curve), Simon Lipkin (Guys and Dolls, West End), Niamh Perry (Mamma Mia! international tour), and Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia!, Novello Theatre).

Set in 1942 at the height of the Second World War, Whisper House is the story of a seven year old boy who is sent to stay with an aunt he’s never met, a reclusive woman who lives in a remote lighthouse with her mysterious Japanese housekeeper.

Sheik’s theatre credits include the music and lyrics for the stage musical adaptations of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho and Kate DiCamillo’s children’s book Because of Winn Dixie.

Formerly the St James Theatre, The Other Palace is the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The venue marked its debut as a new home for musical theatre with the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party which opened last month and runs until 1 April.

Angela Thomas

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