Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Landor – casting news

Jimmy Smith and Francesca Lara Gordon in rehearsal, courtesy of Richard Davenport 6

Ben Stacey and Francesca Lara Gordon in rehearsal for Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Landor Theatre, London. Picture: Richard Davenport

A new production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, presented by SDWC Productions, at the Landor Theatre (Tuesday 18 August to Sunday 13 September, press night is Wednesday 26 August), marks the show’s return to London, 12 years after it was first seen at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Based on the original movie, the stage musical was originally presented on Broadway in 2002 and won six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards. The West End production was also nominated for three Olivier awards, including Best New Musical.

Director Matthew Iliffe, a recent graduate of the StoneCrabs Young Directors’ Programme, is one of the youngest directors on the London Fringe. Thoroughly Modern Millie is Iliffe’s fourth production as a director, having previously staged Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock, Jack Thorne’s Fanny & Faggot and Ella Hickson’s Precious Little Talent. He is also currently developing a new piece by playwright Claire Unwin.

Iliffe comments: “I am thrilled to have the chance to reimagine one of my favourite musicals at the Landor, a powerhouse of Fringe musical theatre. We’ve assembled a dynamic, vibrant cast and team to bring this fresh, quirky and joyous new interpretation of the show to London this summer and I can’t wait to get stated.”

The cast includes: Francesca Lara Gordon as Millie Dillmount, Ben Stacey as Jimmy Smith, Sarah-Marie Maxwell as Miss Dorothy Brown, Steph Parry as Mrs Meers, Samuel Harris as Mr Trevor Graydon III, Chipo Kureya as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Alex Codd as Ching Ho, Anthony Starr as Bun Foo, Christina Meehan as Miss Peg Flannery, George Hinson, Thomas Inge and Charlie Johnson.

Also in the creative team are: designer Andrew Riley, choreographer Sam Spencer-Lane, musical director Chris Guard and lighting designer Sam Waddington.

Thoroughly Modern Millie has music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan (who also wrote the book with Richard Morris).

Polly Sisley


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