Friday, April 13

Clare Burt to lead cast for RSC's new summer musical Miss Littlewood

Clare Burt will take on the role of Joan Littlewood in the new musical Miss Littlewood, which runs at the Swan Theatre,  Stratford-upon-Avon  from  22nd June- 4th August.  Tickets go on sale soon.

Burt, who most recently appeared in Big Fish and will star in the revival Flowers for Mrs Harris this autumn, will play Littlewood, will be joined by  Aretha Ayeh (Love Me Tender), Sandy Foster (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich), Amanda Hadingue (A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer), Dawn Hope (Follies), Emily Johnstone (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) and Sophia Nomvete (The Wind in the Willows) also taking on the role of the director at various stages of her life.

Further casting includes Daisy Badger (The Archers, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) as Rosalie, Greg Barnett (The School for Scandal) as Jimmie Miller/Cedric Price, Laura Elsworthy (The Hypocrite) as Shelagh Delaney), Solomon Israel (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) as Gerry Raffles, Natasha Lewis (Priscilla Queen of the Desert ) and Tam Williams (Sunny Afternoon) as Murray Melvin.

The musical follows Littlewood's life, born into poverty before emerging as one of the greatest directors of the twentieth century, responsible for shows including Oh, What A Lovely War!, A Taste of Honey and The Hostage and revitalising Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Directed by the RSC's deputy artistic director Erica Whyman, the piece has book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon with design by Tom Piper, lighting by Charles Balfour, sound by Jonathan Ruddick, movement by Lucy Hind, and video by Nina Dunn.

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