Thursday, November 2

Initial casting joining Imelda Staunton in new production of Hello Dolly! at the Palladium next July

Michael Harrison has just announced  the Imelda Staunton-led new production of Hello, Dolly!, directed by Dominic Cooke (Follies), is finally going ahead and coming into London at The London Palladium from 6th July for a ten-week season, with an opening night on 18th July 2024 and final performance on 14th September 2024. There will be an 18-piece orchestra with a cast of 35. Rehearsals begin in May. Priority booking opens December 6th Tickets start at £20, and go on sale soon.

Additional casting has also been announced. Joining Imelda Staunton will be Andy Nyman (Fiddler on the Roof) as Horace Vandergelder, Jenna Russell (Flowers for Mrs Harris) as Irene Molloy, Tyrone Huntley (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Barnaby Tucker and Harry Hepple (Follies) as Cornelius Hackl. 

The show will have set and costume design by Rae Smith, choreography by Bill Deamer, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Paul Groothuis, video by Finn Ross and musical supervision by Nick Skilbeck.

 Jerry Herman (La Cage aux Folles) and Michael Stewart (42nd Street)’s musical is based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, and first debuted on Broadway over 50 years ago.

It follows the socialite Dolly Levi who tries to find love for herself and everyone she knows, and includes numbers such as “Put On Your Sunday Clothes”, “Ribbons Down My Back”, “Before the Parade Passes By”, “Elegance”, “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Hello, Dolly!”.

Cooke and Staunton will reunite following their production of Follies at the National Theatre in 2017. Staunton recently completed filming her stint in The Crown, with the final season debuting later this month.

Staunton said today: “I’m delighted that we are announcing our new production of Hello, Dolly!, which is a truly joyous show. I am also thrilled to be working again with Dominic Cooke and Michael Harrison. Dolly Levi is one of the great characters in musical theatre, and I can’t wait to join the company in bringing our new production to the iconic London Palladium.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great cast and production team 🤗

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