22 November 2019 14:51
Olivier Award Winner Imelda Staunton to Star in Hello, Dolly! Tony nominee Jenna Russell will co-star in the Dominic Cooke–helmed production at the Adelphi Theatre. Four-time Olivier Award winner Imelda Staunton will play Dolly Levi in a Dominic Cooke–helmed production of Hello, Dolly! in the West End in 2020. Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George) will co-star as Irene Malloy.
Joining the creative team are choreographer Bill Deamer, scenic and costume designer Rae Smith, and music supervisor Nicholas Skilbeck. Additional casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date. The production from Michael Harrison Entertainment and David Ian Productions is set to begin performances August 11, 2020, at the Adelphi Theatre, currently home to Waitress through July 4, 2020. Statunton won the Olivier for Best Actress in a Musical for playing the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, and Madame Rose in Gypsy. Additionally, she won a Best Supporting Performance for her two performances in A Chorus of Disapproval and The Corn is Green.
The West End star played Sally in the National Theatre production of Follies that was filmed and broadcasted. READ: A Movie Adaptation of Follies In in the Works is currently on the second leg of a tour in North America, starring Carolee Carmello. A 2017 Broadway revival earned Bette Midler the Tony Award for her portrayal of the meddling fixer. Bernadette Peters took over the role on the Great White Way for several months before Midler returned to close out the show. Tony winner Betty Buckley performed the role during the first leg of the tour. Imelda Staunton is back where she belongs in Hello, Dolly! as one of the most iconic musicals of all time comes to the Adelphi Theatre in 2020. This brand new production reunites Imelda with director Dominic Cooke, following the critically acclaimed production of Follies at the National Theatre. With an unforgettable score by the legendary Jerry Herman, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at the Adelphi Theatre in London on Tuesday 11 August 2020 for a strictly limited 30-week season (Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020). Tickets go on sale today, Friday 22 November 2019. Multi Olivier and BAFTA Award winning Staunton plays meddlesome socialite turned matchmaker Dolly Levi, as she travels to Yonkers, New York to find a match for the miserly, unmarried 'half-a-millionaire' Horace Vandergelder. But everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is for herself. With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, Mame) and book by Michael Stewart (42nd Street, Mack and Mabel, Barnum), Hello, Dolly! is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. Jerry Herman's timeless score includes 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes', 'Ribbons Down My Back', 'Before the Parade Passes By', 'Elegance', 'It Only Takes a Moment' and of course, 'Hello, Dolly!'. Imelda Staunton and Dominic Cooke most recently worked together to spectacular effect with the critically acclaimed National Theatre production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. reunites star and director in this classic Broadway musical. Hello, Dolly! also reunites Imelda Staunton with producers Michael Harrison and David Ian. Their production of Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and for which Imelda also won the Olivier Award for Best Actress In A Musical for her acclaimed portrayal of Momma Rose. Imelda Staunton commented: "Well, I'm delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can't wait to bring Hello, Dolly! – which is a truly joyous show – back to the West End after all these years." Further casting for the production will be announced at a later date. CREATIVE TEAM Book by Michael Stewart Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman Directed by Dominic Cooke PERFORMANCE DATES From Thursday 11 August 2020 Press Night: Thursday 27 August 2020 For 30 weeks only PERFORMANCE TIMES Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm; matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2:30pm In the first week of previews there will be no midweek matinee Extra Performances: Monday's 7 September 2020, 23 November 2020 and 1 March 2021 Tickets on sale Wednesday the 27th of November