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The Woman in White is based on the 19th century novel of the same name by Wilkie Collins. It is about Walter Hartright, who is travelling to Limmeridge House to take up a position as drawing master to Laura Fairlie and her half sister, Marian. On his way, a woman crosses his path. Dressed all in white, she is fleeing someone, but she is desperate to tell him a haunting secret.
Australian actress Anna O’Byrne will take the role of Laura Fairlie. O’Byrne appeared in the original Australian production of Love Never Dies, which led to Lloyd Webber casting her in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera. She has also starred in Dame Julie Andrews’ production of My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House.
On being cast in the role, O’Byrne said: “Andrew’s score is just gorgeous, and it’s very special to continue our association on this show. Andrew has been, and continues to be, a guiding force in my career.”
The cast will also include Chris Peluso (Sir Percival Glyde), Carolyn Maitland (Marian Halcombe), Ashley Stillburn (Walter Hartright), Greg Castiglioni (Count Fosco) and Sophie Reeves (Anne Catherick).
The musical has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Charlotte Jones.
It will be directed by the Charing Cross Theatre’s artistic director Thom Southerland, with choreography by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costumes by Jonathan Lipman, lighting by Rick Fisher, and sound design by Andy Johnson.
The Woman in White will run at the theatre from 20th November to 10th February 2018, with an official opening night on 4th December.
The Woman in White Tickets are available now.