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The first London revival of The Woman in White comes to Charing Cross Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THOM Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel) is to direct the first ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre from December 4, 2017 (previews from November 20) to February 10, 2018.

A tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed, adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller, this is the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel’s revised score.

Featuring one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s greatest and most romantic scores, The Woman in White premiered in the West End in 2004. Now, in its first major revival, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel have revisited their original work to refresh the storytelling for a new generation of theatregoers.

Thom Southerland, Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre, said: “I am so excited about this new production. The Woman in White is a wildly exciting romantic thriller which is frequently tender and personal. The music is grand, sweeping and instantly captivating. Having long been an admirer of The Woman in White, I know that Charing Cross Theatre is the ideal intimate space for audiences to experience it for the first time or rediscover this lush Victorian Gothic thriller.”

Walter Hartright’s life is changed forever after a chance encounter with a mysterious woman, dressed in white, desperate to reveal her chilling secret. When he takes up his position as drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian, he sees in Laura’s face an eerie reflection of the forlorn creature he met previously.

Walter and Laura’s feelings for each other are thwarted by her engagement to the sinister Sir Percival Glyde. What is the connection between, Laura, Sir Percival, and the woman in white? Can true love prevail?

Produced by Patrick Gracey, Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Limited, The Woman in White will have movement by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by Andrew Johnson. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates and orchestrations are by David Cullen.

Casting has still to be announced.

Tickets: £39.50 stalls, £29.50 balcony, £19.50 slips. Premium seats at £49.50 are also available and include prime stalls locations, a programme and a glass of bubbly. To book, call the box office on 08444 930 650 or visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/ or thewomaninwhite.co.uk/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Wednesday matinee at 2.30pm; Saturday matinee at 3pm.

Also coming to Charing Cross Theatre: Jack Rosenthal’s The Knowledge, directed by Maureen Lipman (September 4 to November 11, 2017).