Grand Hotel, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland (the team has previously collaborated on Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel), will open for a six-week season at The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 31 July to Saturday 5 September (press night is Wednesday 5 August).
Grand Hotel, which premiered on Broadway in 1989, ran for more than 1,000 performances and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning five.
The first West End production opened on July 6, 1992 at the Dominion Theatre where it ran for slightly fewer than four months. In 2004 a small-scale production directed by Michael Grandage played at the Donmar Warehouse.
The musical has a book by Luther Davis, music and lyrics by George Forrest and Robert Wright, and additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. The piece is based on the 1929 Vicki Baum novel and play Menschen im Hotel (People in a Hotel) and the 1932 film.
Come, spend a night or two in the world’s most opulent, extravagant hotel. Perhaps you will find your fortune there, perhaps you will find true love, perhaps all of your dreams will come true… The Grand Hotel is bustling with eccentric and sometimes dubious guests: amongst them a fading prima ballerina being forced to dance again; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper who wants to spend his final days living in luxury; a young, handsome, but destitute Baron; a cynical doctor suffering from First World War wounds; an honest businessman going bad as he faces financial ruin, and a typist dreaming of Hollywood stardom. Over the course of a weekend, their extraordinary stories interweave with each other and the hotel’s hardworking staff.
Cast to be announced.
Thom Southerland (director) was longlisted Best Newcomer in the 2011 Evening Standard Awards for Parade. He was named Best Director at the 2011 Off West End Awards for Me and Juliet at the Finborough. He directed Titanic, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel and Parade (Southwark Playhouse); the European premiere of Jerry Herman’s The Grand Tour (Finborough); The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre); Daisy Pulls It Off, Irving Berlin’s Call Me Madam! (Upstairs At the Gatehouse); the European premiere of I Sing!, Divorce Me, Darling!, Annie Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game and sold-out all-male adaptations of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union); Noel and Gertie (Cockpit); the European premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor); and the European premiere of State Fair (Finborough and transfer to Trafalgar Studios).
Danielle Tarento (producer and casting director) was named Best Producer at the 2012 Off West End Awards and nominated Producer of the Year at the 2015 Stage awards. Her production of Titanic at Southwark Playhouse won Best Off West End Production at the 2014 Whatsonstage Awards and Best Musical Production at the 2014 Off West End Awards.
She has also produced Gods and Monsters, Dogfight, Victor/Victoria, Mack & Mabel, Parade, Company and Three Sisters at Southwark Playhouse; The Grand Tour (Finborough); Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse); The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola); Burlesque, Drowning On Dry Land (Jermyn Street); Noel and Gertie (Cockpit). She is co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The creative team for Grand Hotel are director Thom Southerland, musical supervisor Simon Lee, musical director Michael Bradley, choreographer Lee Proud, set and costume designer Lee Newby, lighting designer Derek Anderson and sound designer Andrew Johnson.