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From Page to Stage - final casting

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has now been confirmed for From Page to Stage’s two Headline Musicals, Before the Night is Through and The Mistress Cycle, which will each receive full weeklong productions at the Landor Theatre.

Before the Night is Through, a new British musical with book and lyrics by Olivia Thompson and music by Chris Whitehead, runs from Tuesday, February 18 to Sunday, February 23, 2014.

It’s November 1935 and Honey Quenelle, England’s biggest movie star, is hosting a lavish party to celebrate her birthday at her remote home on Lost Crow Island. The champagne is chilling, the glamorous guests are ready for an unforgettable night and reliable butler, Hugo, is on hand to make sure the evening goes without a hitch.

But when catering fails to arrive, news filters through of an escaped inmate at Beningford asylum, Gaylord the gerbil escapes from the soup tureen, and events take a nasty turn. Who is about to meet their maker? Who cannot escape from their past? And who will be brave enough to sample Mabel’s devilled prunes before the night is through….

The cast includes Kate Brennan (West Side Story, Southbank Centre), Abigail Jaye (Rocky Horror Show, UK Tour, Eva Peron in Evita, UK Tour), Richard Colvin (The Hired Man, Off Broadway), Amelia Adams-Pearce (Hairspray, UK Tour, Spamalot, West End), Tom Sankey, Kieran Brown (Wicked, Love Never Dies West, West End), Ian Mowat (Evita, UK Tour), Jenny Gayner (Chicago, Spamalot, West End), Louisa Lydell (Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!, West End) and James Robert-Moore (Meet Me in St. Louis, Landor Theatre).

Before The Night Is Through is directed by Landor Theatre’s artistic director Robert McWhir, with musical direction by Christopher Whitehead, choreography by Cressida Carre and design by Magdalena Iwanska.

The Mistress Cycle, a new American musical with book and lyrics by Beth Blatt and music by Jenny Giering, runs from Tuesday, March 4 to Sunday, March 9, 2014.

Mistress: a woman who illicitly occupies the place of wife – practically speaking, anyone who comes second. Jezebel, Siren, Vixen, Enchantress, Adulteress.

A musical tale of sacrifice, destruction and renewal, The Mistress is the story of Tess, a struggling 30-something photographer living in Manhattan, who is made an offer by a wealthy, older man to “keep her” as his mistress.

As she wrestles with his proposition, Mistresses from different eras and cultures come to tell their stories and share their points-of-view: Ching, a 14-year-old concubine from 12th century China; Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henri II in France in the 1500’s; Lulu White, a bordello Madame in turn-of-the-last-century New Orleans; and Anais Nin, the famous diarist and infamous sexual adventuress.

By the end of the show, Tess has learned so much about these women, about mistresshood, about herself – and has made her decision.

The cast includes Caroline Deverill (Sleeping Beauty, Park Theatre, Billy Elliot, West End), Maria Lawson (Matilda, Avenue Q, West End), Kara Lane (Oliver!, UK Tour, Lend Me a Tenor, West End), Nicola Blackman (Little Shop of Horrors original cast) and Laura Armstrong (A Little Night Music, West End).

The Mistress Cycle is directed by Bronagh Lagan, with musical direction by Caroline Humphris (Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, Menier Chocolate Factory, West End and Broadway).

Read more about the Landor’s From Page To Stage Festival.