Tuesday, February 17

Tracie Bennett joins cast of New Musical Mrs Henderson Presents

Updated 6th July: It has just been announced that Tracie Bennett has taken over the the title  role in  this production as Janie Dee has withdrawn for personal reasons. 

Tracie Bennett is probably best known for her work in the theatre. She received Olivier Awards for her performances in the musicals She Loves Me and Hairspray, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance as Judy Garland in the Broadway production of the biopic play End of the Rainbow. She appeared in She Loves Me at the Savoy Theatre in 1994, for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Supporting Performance in a Musical.

 Her television debut was in the drama series ‘Going Out’, before appearing in ‘Coronation Street’ between 1982 and 1984 as Sharon Gaskell, the Fairclough's foster daughter. She returned to the role in 1999.

Updated 6th March: Olivier-award winning actress Janie Dee has been cast in the title role  portraying Laura Henderson, who ran the Windmill Theatre in Soho between the World Wars (The role was played by Dame Judi Dench in the film version).  Emma Williams  (who took part in the workshop) is Maureen, the young woman she  helps.

The rest of the cast includes Sarah Bakker, Katie Bernstein, Rhiannan Chesterman, Lizzy Connolly, Victoria Hay, Samuel Holmes, Lauren Hood and Matthew Malthouse. The male leads played in the film by Bob Hoskins and  Will Young are still to be announced.

The strong creative team is led by Terry Johnson who has written the book and will direct , with lyrics by Don Black and music by Simon Chambelain and George Fenton who also wrote the music for the film with choreography by Andrew Wright and design by Tim Shortall

It's 1937 London  and the story focuses on how the Windmill Theatre was turned into a money-making venue in the Thirties with a spot of nudity and  provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan "We Never Close".

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Tickets for Mrs Henderson presents

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