The musical tells the story Amalia and Georg who work as clerks in Maraczek’s Parfumerie, and aren’t exactly the best of friends. However, they have something in common and write to romantic pen pals. Despite the anonymity of their secret admirers, they live for the love letters that they exchange and the day they will finally meet. This wonderful love story has been the basis for the films The Shop around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. The musical version – written by the authors of Fiddler on the Roof – has delighted audiences since its 1963 Broadway premier and features a sparkling score that includes the now-classic songs Ice Cream and A Trip to the Library.
The show premiered on Broadway in 1963 and was last staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1994, starring Ruthie Henshall and and John Gordon Sinclair.
Directed by Matthew White (who returns to the Chocolate Factory where he previously directed Candide, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors and The Last Five Years) The show will preview from 25th November, open on 7th December and run until 5th March. Booking opens for Menier supporters on 5th September before public booking opens on 14th September. Music supervision will be by Catherine Jayes with set & costume by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Greg Clarke and orchestrations by Jason Carr.