Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Nunn & Smith To Spearhead Old Vic's Summer Season

Sheridan Smith will return to the stage in London later this year to star in Brian Friel’s adaptation of Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler, which will be part of the Old Vic’s autumn season.

Trevor Nunn, who directed Smith last year in Flare Path for which she won her second Olivier Award, joins her directing Cole Porter’s award winning musical Kiss Me, Kate.

Hedda Gabler will be directed by Anna Mackmin, and will play from September 5th to November. 10th. The tale of a general’s daughter who marries a man that she despises and becomes driven by both fear and loathing, Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece about the conflicting requirements of society and the individual explores into Hedda Gabler’s corrosive descent into a treacherous void between expectation and harsh reality.

Smith, who wowed musical fans and critics alike with her Olivier Award-winning performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical, will star in the title role alongside Buffy Davis, star of Betty Blue Eyes’ Adrian Scarborough and Fenella Woolgar, who appeared in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.

Trevor Nunn’s production of Kiss Me, Kate, which will play at the Chichester Festival Theatre in June before opening at the Old Vic on November 20th and playing until to March 2nd 2013, is an exuberant show within a show, bringing together the worlds of gangsters, sparring actors and original characters ofThe Taming Of The Shrew.

The cast of Kiss Me, Kate includes musical theatre stars Alex Bourne (We Will Rock You, Chicago The Musical), David Burt (Les Miserables ), Adam Garcia (Wicked), Hannah Waddingham (Wizard Of Oz, Spamalot) and Clive Rowe (Chicago The Musical).

Artistic Director of the Old Vic, Kevin Spacey commented: “It’s going to be an incredible summer in London and I am delighted to announce these new productions. Trevor Nunn is a much-loved member of the Old Vic family and I'm thrilled to welcome him back with Kiss Me, Kate, a wonderful production which I know London audiences will embrace warmly.

"I am particularly pleased to unveil our production of Hedda Gabler, such an iconic and impactful play, with Sheridan Smith in the lead. Sheridan is a wonderful actress who has rightly received acclaim for her recent work and I am sure audiences will be intrigued to see her tackle this role.”

Hedda Gabler will showcase the Old Vic’s autumn season following Michael Frayn’s Democracy, which has extended its run to July 28th.

Tickets to all productions of the summer season at the Old Vic are available to book securely through both Theatre Tickets London and BmyConcierge.

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