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All Star Productions have announced that they will mount a new production of Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical A Little Night Music above the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Pub in Walthamstow, east London, which will run from 6 to 31 October, with an official opening on 9 October 2015.
Based on Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, 'Smiles of a Summer Night', the musical features a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. The show originally opened on Broadway in 1973 before transferring to London's Adelphi Theatre in 1975. The show has since been revived, most notably by the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2008 in a production directed by Trevor Nunn. The revival transferred to the West End and later Broadway, where it starred Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Featuring the songs "Send in the Clowns", "A Weekend in the Country" and "The Miller's Son", the show won Tony Awards for Best New Musical, Best Book, Best Score and Best Costume Design.
"Set in 1900 Sweden, A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée, Fredrik, Fredrick's wife, Anne, Desirée's current lover, the Count, and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men as well as their jealous wives agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises."
This new production will be directed by Tim McArthur with musical direction by Aaron Clingham, with casting to be announced.