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High Society comes to Southampton in 2013
Thu 4 Oct 2012
JOHN STALKER for MUSIC & LYRICS LTD.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH VENUE CYMRU LLANDUDNO presents
From the producers of the recently nominated tour of The King and I (UK Theatre Awards 2012) comes a dazzling new production of Cole Porter’s timeless classic, High Society. This brand new theatre production will come to The Mayflower Theatre from Tue 7 – Sat 11 May 2013.
Wealthy socialite Tracy Lord is in the midst of planning a lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband Dexter Haven turns up to disrupt the proceedings in an attempt to win her back. A further twist arrives in the form of the charming reporter Mike Connor who falls instantly for Tracy, and she for him. As the day of the wedding draws closer, the audience is left guessing which groom the bride will choose.
The production stars Michael Praed as Dexter Haven and the cast also includes Sophie Bould as Tracy Lord, Daniel Boys as Mike Connor, Keiron Crook as George Kittredge, Carolyn Pickles as Margaret Lord and Alex Young as Liz Imbrie. Further casting to be announced.
The director is Anna Linstrum, set and costume designer is Francis O’ Connor, lighting designer is Chris Davey, sound designer is Ben Harrison and musical director is Michael Haslam. Further creative appointments in due course.
Adapted from the hit 1956 film, High Society fizzes with a host of beautiful Cole Porter ballads including ‘True Love’, ‘You’re Sensational’ and the unforgettable ’Did You Evah!’. The original film starred Bing Crosby (Dexter Haven), Frank Sinatra (Mike Connor) and Grace Kelly (Tracy Lord), her last film role before she became Princess Grace of Monaco.
Music & Lyrics (producers) played to over 175,000 enthusiastic theatre-goers with its inaugural production of The King and I, attracting gross revenues in excess of £4m and, with Curve Leicester, a prestigious nomination for Best Touring Production in the 2012 UK Theatre Awards. Music & Lyrics is a consortium of the UK’s largest independent No. 1 presenting venues including The Mayflower Theatre that has been created to stimulate and create new musical theatre productions.
Executive producer John Stalker said: ‘The King and I was a tremendous success for Music & Lyrics and High Society is an excellent title for our second production. It is a beautiful musical that is remembered fondly from the 1956 film and from previous touring and West End productions. We are excited to have been invited to create this major revival and I know that Anna Linstrum and our exquisite creative team will give us a production destined to be extremely popular with audiences the length and breadth of the country.
‘Music & Lyrics is also delighted to announce that our next project will be a brand new production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical direction by Sarah Travis. A nationwide tour of the UK and Ireland launches in September 2013.’
High Society is based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture High Society. The original Broadway production was produced by Lauren Mitchell and Robert Gailus Luftig and Richard Samson, Dodger Endemol Theatricals in association with Bill Haber. It was originally produced by American Consevatory Theater, San Francisco CA; Carey Perloff, Artistic Director and Heather Kitchen, Managing Director.
Tickets for High Society (Tue 7 – Sat 11 May 2013) are on General sale on Friday 19 October from The Mayflower Box Office tel: 02380 711811, online at mayflower.org.uk or in person from the Mayflower ticket south shop in The Mall Southampton. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833