Friday, May 9

Samantha Barks joins Hadley Fraser & Rosalie Craig in City of Angels at Donmar over Christmas

Updated 27th May: Recently engaged theatre couple Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser are appearing together in the musical City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse this October. They will be joined by Samantha Barks as Mallory/Avril.

It will be the Donmar's Christmas production running from 5th December-7th February 2015.

Hadley Fraser will play Stine the novelist adapting his novel City of Angels into a screenplay for movie mogul Buddy Fidler. Rosalie Craig is his wife Gabby/Bobbi who disapproves of his womanizing and eventually leaves him.  

Samantha Barks plays seductive Mallory  a stepdaughter straight out of the Big Sleep who’s supposedly gone missing. A private eye who finds Mallory in his bed observes: "For a missing girl, there’s not a whole lot missing"- She also plays movie starlet Avril.

It will be directed by Josie Rourke with a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. Stephen Mear will choreograph the production. Robert Jones will design sets and costumes: Howard Harrison is lighting and Gareth Valentine has signed on as musical director.

The musical comedy is set in Broadway in the 1940s with two plots: a Hollywood comedy and a detective drama involving the world of a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay and the world of the fictional film. It is a homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures in the 1940s.

Directed by Michael Blakemore,  City of Angels ran on Broadway from 1989 to 1992 winning six Tony Awards in 1990. It was first performed in London's West End in 1993 with Blakemore again directing and Roger Allam as Stone,  Martin Smith as Stine and Henry Goodman as Buddy Fidler  leading the cast. It won the 1994 Olivier Award for Best Musical.

Rosalie Craig's theatre credits include The Light Princess, Table and London Road at the National, A Musical 50 Years, Hecuba and Alice in Wonderland at the RSC and the stage adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. Among her TV credits are Spooks, Miranda, Casanova and more. She has also been filming the movie of  London Road.

Hadley Fraser recently appeared in Donmar Warehouse's Coriolanus. His musical theatre credits include Les Miserables, The Pirates of Penzance, Peter Pan at the Savoy and The Pirate Queen on Broadway in 2007.

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