Acclaimed director Thom Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White.
A tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller, this is the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel’s revised score.
The Woman in White will preview at Charing Cross Theatre from Monday 20 November 2017 and run 12 weeks to Saturday 10 February 2018 (press night is Friday 4 December).
The musical premiered in the West End in 2004. Now, in its first major revival, Lloyd Webber and Zippel have revisited their original work to refresh the storytelling for a new generation of theatregoers.
Thom Southerland, artistic director of Charing Cross Theatre, said: “I am so excited about this new production. The Woman in White is a wildly exciting romantic thriller which is frequently tender and personal. The music is grand, sweeping and instantly captivating. Having long been an admirer of The Woman in White, I know that Charing Cross Theatre is the ideal intimate space for audiences to experience it for the first time or rediscover this lush Victorian Gothic thriller.”
Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, desperate to reveal her chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn creature he met previously. Walter and Laura’s feelings for each other are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between, Laura, Sir Percival, and the woman in white? Can true love prevail?
Also in the creative team are Cressida Carré (movement); set designer Morgan Large, costume designer Jonathan Lipman; lighting designer Rick Fisher; sound designer Andrew Johnson; David Grindrod Associates (casting); and David Cullen (orchestrations).
The Woman in White is produced by Patrick Gracey, Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited.
Casting to be announced.