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Boy Meets Boy - casting announced

 Boy Meets Boy

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE CAST has been announced for the UK premiere of the vintage off Broadway musical Boy Meets Boy, which runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from November 27 (previews from November 21) to December 20, 2012.

The line up comprises Stephen Ashfield, Craig Fletcher, Johnjo Flynn, Ben Kavanagh, Anna Nicholas, Benjamin Bailey, Carly Mackelvie, Gregory Sims, Biancha Szynal, Helen Turner, Jay Webb and Aron Wild.

Previously Posted: Jermyn Street Theatre is presenting the UK premiere of Boy Meets Boy, a new musical comedy with music and lyrics by Bill Solly – from November 27 (previews from November 21) to December 20, 2012.

Throughout 1936, the world’s press and newsreels are abuzz with stories about the world’s most eligible bachelor; His Majesty King Edward VIII. By the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India, Titular Ruler of one quarter of the world, the King-Emperor is the most eligible man of his day.

Dashingly handsome, he is linked romantically to many; his final choice precipitates a constitutional crisis. Mrs Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American divorcee, succeeds where all others have failed.

While the United States reels from the Great Depression, Continental Europe is shadowed by the menace of Hitler and the National Socialist party as the storm clouds gather for the maelstrom to come. Meanwhile, society London exists in the twilight of empire, a hedonistic ballroom where party-goers dance away the last years of peace.

Against the backdrop of pre-war London sophistication, of cocktails and carriages, black-tie and ball-dresses where Nightingales Sing in Berkley Square and romance blooms, boy meets boy one glamorous night.

According to the press release, Bill Solly (book, music and lyrics) and Donald Ward (book) have lovingly recreated the era of the black and white movie musical replete with witty lyrics, memorable melodies and a cunning twist on the standard musical love story.

Boy Meets Boy is directed by Gene David Kirk, with musical direction by Stefan Bednarczyck, choreography by Lee Proud, set design by Cherry Truluck and lighting by Phil Hewitt.

Boy Meets Boy was performed in 1975 for 463 performances at Actors’ Playhouse, off-Broadway.

In 2012, Jermyn Street Theatre has built on its already burgeoning reputation as one of the most exciting venues of its size in the UK, winning The Best Fringe Theatre of the Year in The Stage 100 Awards at the beginning of the year.

Since then, under the stewardship of Gene David Kirk, the theatre has gone from strength to strength with productions that have included the rare revival of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam, the UK premiere of Henrk Ibsen’s St John’s Night and the first ever full staging of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon and directed by Trevor Nunn.

With a commitment to presenting both little performed European and American classics and vibrant new plays and musicals, the theatre has also won acclaim with its previous productions of Ibsen’s Little Eyolf starring Imogen Stubbs, The River Line by Charles Morgan, The Two-Character Play by Tennessee Williams and The Art Concealment about the celebrated playwright Terence Rattigan.

In 2011, Jermyn Street Theatre was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award.

Boy Meets Boy is produced by special arrangement with Bruce Ostler, Bret Adams, Ltd, 448 West 44th Street, New York.

Tickets: £20, £16.50 concessions. Earlybird Offer – All tickets £15 if booked before November 5. Available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm (except November 22).