Watermill Theatre to stage A Little Night Music

C9CqINZXgAImfnLThe first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music will be part of the Watermill Theatre’s 50th anniversary season.

Following on from the success of previous Sondheim productions at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 July until 16 September.

Directed by Paul Foster, with award-winning Sarah Travis as musical supervisor, A Little Night Music will star Josefina Gabrielle (National Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, Sadler’s Wells) as Desirée Armfeldt, Alastair Brookshaw (Menier Chocolate Factory, ENO, Sadler’s Wells) as Fredrik Egerman and Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane as Madame Armfeldt. Other cast members are to be announced.

The production will be designed by David Woodhead with lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by Tom Marshall and choreography by Matt Flint.

Commenting on the production Foster, whose previous Watermill credits include Tell Me On a Sunday, said: “The show is full of laughter and loss and second chances. The Watermill’s unique, rural setting is a perfect place to tell this story which takes place over the course of a golden summer.”

Travis, whose Watermill productions include Sweeney Todd, added: “With its 50th anniversary being celebrated this year, and with Sondheim’s blessing to perform this masterpiece with a company of actor/musicians, coming back to work at The Watermill was a no-brainer!”

Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles On a Summer Night, A Little Night Music features music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Hugh Wheeler.

Originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince and performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited, the passionate story of intertwined love affairs, regret and longing includes the iconic songs ‘Send in the Clowns’ and ‘A Weekend in the Country’.

Angela Thomas

www.watermill.org.uk

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