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22 November 2019 12:35

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Imelda Staunton is set to return to the West End in a new production of Hello, Dolly!, which will open at the Adelphi Theatre next summer. The production will reunite Staunton with director Dominic Cooke, whose Olivier Award-winning revival of Follies in 2017 earned the actor an Olivier nomination. Staunton has previously starred in productions of Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and Into the Woods, for which she won an Olivier Award for her performance in each. The cast will also include Jenna Russell in the role of Irene Molloy. Her musical theatre credits include the recent production of The Bridges of Madison County at the Menier, as well as her Olivier Award-winning role in Sunday in the Park with George in 2007.

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This new production of Hello, Dolly! With music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! follows the titular character, Dolly Gallagher Levi, a famous matchmaker who arrives in New York to find a match for a wealthy suitor, before deciding its high-time she is the next person she finds a match for. The production will also feature designs by Rae Smith, choreography by Bill Deamer and muscial supervision by Nicholas Skilbeck. Further casting and creatives are yet to be announced. The musical was first seen on Broadway in 1964 starring Carol Channing, and later transferred to the West End with Mary Martin in the lead role. A number of revivals on both sides of the pond followed, with Channing reprising the role in London in 1979, and a recent Broadway production at the Shubert Theatre starring Bette Midler in 2017. is a revered piece of musical theatre, with a score that features the numbers "It Only Takes a Moment", "Hello, Dolly", "Before the Parade Passes By" and "Put on Your Sunday Clothes". will run at the Adelphi Theatre from 11th August. Hello, Dolly! tickets go on sale on Wednesday, 27th November.