Thursday, January 27

Tori Amos Musical Opens at National In October

UPDATE 13th June 2013: will open at the National Theatre on 9th October 2013 (previews from 25th September). Directed by Marianne Elliott  tickets go on sale 1st July.

Rosalie Craig plays Althea the Light Princess opposite Nick Hendrix as Digby who is a neighbouring Prince.  They are joined by Clive Rowe, Hal Fowler, Amy Booth-Steel, Stephanie Bron, Vivien Carter, James Charlton, Owain Gwynn, Nicola Hart, C J Johnson, Luke Johnson, David Langham, Richard Lowe, Tommy Luther, Jamie Muscato, Emma Norin, Malinda Parris, Kane Oliver Parry, Adam Pearce, Caspar Phillipson, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Nuno Silva, Phoebe Street, Ben Thompson and  Lynne Wilmot

The production will be designed by Rae Smith, with lighting by Paule Constable and choreography by Steven Hoggett. 
UPDATE 20th October 2011: The new musical by Tori Amos has been postponed indefinitely. It was announced by the National's artistic director Nicholas Hytner in January, and was to have been directed by Marianne Elliott, who co-directed the National's smash hit War Horse. Despite numerous workshops, the musical has been deferred over fears it will not be ready in time with no new dates set for its world premiere.
American  rock singer-songwriter Tori Amos is writing a musical based on the adaptation George MacDonald’s 1864 fairytale The Light Princess which is scheduled to premiere at the Lyttelton at the National Theatre in April 2012.The musical will have music and lyrics by Amos, book and additional lyrics by Samuel Adamson and will be directed by Marianne Elliott.

The Light Princess tells the story of a princess who lacks any gravity and can only stop herself floating into the air  when she swims. Because water keeps her grounded she thinks that if she cries enough she may be able to stay on terra firma  long enough to marry the  prince she loves.

Amos is one of the first alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Her songs cover a wide range of subjects, from sexuality to religion to designer accessories ("somewhere in the hills of Ireland there’s a Prada bag"). Her hit singles include "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans",  "A Sorta Fairytale" and "Spark".

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