The world premiere of Travels With My Aunt, based on Graham Greene’s novel, with a score by Stiles and Drewe alongside a book by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, opens this week at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Here are some exclusive images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer, Roy Tan.
Retired bank manager Henry Pulling is happy alone with his dahlias until he meets his decidedly bohemian Aunt Augusta who, having rattled the family skeletons, persuades the reluctant Henry to flee to Europe. He finds himself in a luxurious whirl through Paris and Istanbul and on to South America; but alongside the romance and first-class thrills, there’s a lot Henry doesn’t know about his aunt – particularly why she has so many grateful men dotted around the globe.
Emmy Award-winning writers Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman and the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk!) all previously collaborated on the musical Betty Blue Eyes.
Patricia Hodge plays Aunt Augusta. Her long association with Chichester encompasses The Mitford Girls, As You Like It and Calendar Girls; her recent television credits include several series of Miranda.
Steven Pacey plays Henry; his previous Chichester appearances include Kent in King Lear; and in the West End, By Jeeves, The Admirable Crichton and The Phantom of the Opera.
The cast also includes Hayley Flaherty, Stephanie Bron, Jack Chissick, Michael Duke, Nicholas Duncan, Sarah Earnshaw, Rachel Grundy, Hugh Maynard, Abiola Ogunbiyi, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Sebastien Torkia and Jack Wilcox.
Director Christopher Luscombe’s RSC productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing will be seen later in Festival 2016. His many credits include Dandy Dick with Patricia Hodge, Spamalot and The Rocky Horror Show; his production of Nell Gwynn for Shakespeare’s Globe has just transferred to the West End.
Travels With My Aunt is designed by Colin Falconer with choreography by Ewan Jones, orchestrations by Nicholas Skilbeck, musical direction by Mark Aspinall, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound by Paul Groothuis.