Friday, February 1

Anne-Marie Duff and Arthur Darvill to star in Sweet Charity at Donmar


Baz in today's Mail has just revealed that Josie Rourke, Artistic Director of The Donmar Warehouse, will direct the  musical Sweet Charity as her farewell show at the venue. Wayne McGregor will choreograph. The Donmar show will be set in the sixties ans revisit the strengths of the Fellini film and the 1966 Fosse show with Gwen Verdon, rather than Fosse's subsequent movie with Shirley MacLaine.

The production is set to run from April 6th-June 8th at Donmar, starring Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, The Virgin Queen, Nowhere Boy and Suffragette) in the title role and  Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who,  Legends of Tomorrow Broadchurch and  Once in the West End and on Broadway.)  as Oscar Lindquist. Not known for musical performances, Duff has an excellent  singing voice. She was in her school choir and ,taught at the Royal Academy of Music in her early teens. She had classical training and at one point was torn between pursuing a career as an opera singer or going to drama school.

Donmar Warehouse top tier members can purchase tickets for the production beginning February 12th. Sales to Donmar Friends will begin February 1th9 and general public booking begins February 21st.The production will also offer "Sweet Fridays" where a limited number of free tickets will be available to audience members ages 25 and under.

Inspired by Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City demonstrating the energy, humour and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an eternal  optimist.With a  score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, City of Angels, Barnum),  lyrics by Dorothy Fields (Annie Get Your Gun, Seesaw, Redhead), and  book by Neil Simon it features classic numbers including Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Rhythm of Life.

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