Friday, November 29

The Pajama Game to Move into Shaftesbury

Updated 17th December: Peter Polycarpou is again playing Vernon Hines (a time and motion expert who is in love with Gladys the quick-witted secretary and is always jealous of her flirting).

Updated 16th December:  Michael Xavier and Joanna Riding to star in The Pajama Game in London's West End. Xavier to take on role played by Hadley Fraser and Riding to by released from Stephen Ward to reprise the role she played in Chichester.It will start previews on 1st May and open at the Shaftesbury on  May 13, 2014.


According to Baz in today's Mail Richard Eyre's Chichester Festival production of The Pajama Game is due to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre next May. No official dates or casting has yet been  announced.

This will replace the new Tim Rice musical From Here to Eternity starring Darius Campbell which has been struggling to find an audience in the barn of a theatre which is known to be difficult one to fill with Hairspray starring Michael Ball being the last show to do any real business there. The show is currently booking to 26th April 2014 which will probably be its closing date unless it decides to shutter earlier.

In the Chichester production Hadley Fraser played Sid Sorokin, Joanna Riding was Catherine 'Babe' Williams with Peter Polycarpou as Vernon Hines. All three were exceptional so it would be great if some of them could make the West End transfer.

More news to follow.

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