musical Mrs Henderson Presents is to move into the the West End for a strictly limited season, starting previews at the Noel Coward Theatre on February 9th and opening on February 16th, 2016. 1
Starring Tracie Bennett as Laura Henderson and directed by Terry Johnson, the show has lyrics by Don Black and music George Fenton, with the film's original music director, Simon Chamberlain, returning for the stage production. Choreography is by Andrew Wright with set design by Tim
Shortall, costume design by Paul Wills and lighting design by Ben Ormerod
The cast also includes Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm and Emma Williams as Maureen. More casting o be announced.
Mrs Henderson Presents is based on Stephen Frears' 2005 film, which starred Bob Hoskins, Will
Young and Judi Dench as 'Laura Henderson', who created a vaudeville
show featuring all-nude young women at the Windmill Theatre in London
during "a time of great censorship, film of the same name starred Dame Judi Dench and WIll Young. It is set in 1937 London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office... When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls -- glamorous young women posing as nude statues -- audiences flock.
And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan "We Never Close".
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