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Jenna Russell to play Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County

Jenna Russell

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JENNA Russell will play Francesca in the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County, which runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from July 13 to September 14, 2019.

Francesca is an Italian immigrant housewife living a happy existence on a farm in the American Midwest. However, when her family go off to the Iowa State Fair, she meets Robert Kincaid, a National Geographic photographer on assignment filming bridges in the area. Their initial friendship develops into a brief but passionate affair which has devastating consequences on all of their lives.

Jenna Russell’s theatre credits includes: Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre; Olivier nomination), Sunday in the Park with George (Wyndham’s Theatre and Broadway; Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and Tony nomination), Fun Home (Young Vic); Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre), Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Season’s Greetings (National Theatre), Into the Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Amy’s View (Garrick Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre; Olivier nomination), As You Like It, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, Misha’s Party, The Beggars Opera and Wildest Dreams (RSC), Follies (Shaftesbury Theatre), Just So (Tricycle Theatre) and Girlfriends (Playhouse Theatre).

She has also appeared on television in EastEnders, Minder, Born and Bred, Men Only, Peak Practice, Picking Up the Pieces and The Bill.

Further casting will be announced shortly.

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