Cast announced for Marguerite at Haymarket Theatre


Cast announced for Marguerite at Haymarket Theatre

Casting has been announced for the the world premiere of the new musical, Marguerite, which opens at the Haymarket Theatre 20 May 2008, following previews from 7 May, running to 1 Nov 2008.

Joining previously mentioned Ruthie Henshall (Marguerite), will be Julian Ovenden (Armand), Alexander Hanson (Otto), Annalene Beechey (Annette), Matt Cross (Pierrot), Don Gallagher (Georges), Simon Thomas (Lucien), Mark Carroll, Keiron Crook, James Doherty, Siubhan Harrison, Jon-Paul Hevey, Julia Nagle, Duncan Smith, Gay Soper, Phillip Sutton and Lucy Williamson.

Marguerite, has music by Michel Legrand, book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and Jonathan Kent, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer from the original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and orchestrations and arrangements by Michel Legrand and Seann Alderking.

It is directed by Jonathan Kent, designed by Paul Brown, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Paul Groothuis.

A love story set in Paris during the Second World War, Marguerite draws inspiration from one of the greatest of romantic novels, La Dame aux Camellias by Alexandre Dumas. Marguerite is the beautiful and notorious mistress of a high ranking German officer. Armand is a young musician half her age who falls obsessively in love with her. Their dangerous love story is played out against the background of Occupied Paris.

RUTHIE HENSHALL: After being plucked from the chorus and offered one of the female leads in Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon, Henshall’s extensive musical theatre credits on Broadway and in the West End include Stairway to Paradise, The Other Woman, Marion Halcome in The Woman in White, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart in Chicago, Fosse, the title role in Peggy Sue Got Married, Putting It Together, Divorce Me Darling, Nancy in Oliver!, She Loves Me, Crazy for You and Fantine in Les Misérables.

JULIAN OVENDEN’s theatre credits include Baron Felix von Gaigern in Grand Hotel and Franklin Sheppard in Merrily We Roll Along, both for the Donmar Warehouse, A Woman of No Importance for the Theatre Royal Haymarket, King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Butley at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

ALEXANDER HANSON most recently played Captain Georg von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the London Palladium. His many music theatre credits include We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre, Enter the Guardsman for the Donmar Warehouse, Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi, Aspects of Love for Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End, Candide for the National Theatre and A Little Night Music at the Piccadilly Theatre. His other theatre credits include Copenhagen, Troilus and Cressida and The Merchant of Venice all for the National Theatre, Talking to Terrorists for the Royal Court, Arcadia for the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Cracked and The Memory of Water for Hampstead Theatre.

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