City of Angels

Donmar's City of Angels to transfer to West End with Rosalie Craig

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels will transfer to the West End, playing at the Garrick Theatre next year, it has been announced.

Winning best musical revival at the 2015 Olivier Awards, the West End transfer will reunite the Donmar creative team, including Josie Rourke as director who made her musical theatre directorial debut with the production.

Set in 1940s Hollywood, City of Angels celebrates the rise of film noir dramas in a musical tells two stories simultaneously: the life of a New York writer trying to make it big as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and the world of the detective film that's he writing. The musical features a book by Larry Gelbart, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel.

City of Angels will begin previews at the Garrick Theatre from 5th March 2020. 

Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig and Rebecca Trehearn will reprise their roles from the Donmar Warehouse production.

Hadley Fraser reprises his role as Stine, currently starring in The Antipodes at the National Theatre, with previous West End credits include Young Frankenstein and Les Miserables. Rosalie Craig plays Gabby/Bobbi, recently playing Bobbie in the first gender-swapped production of Company, with Rebecca Trehearn reprising her roles as Donna/Oolie, previously starring in London productions of Showboat and Dogfight.

Vanessa Williams will make her West End debut as Carla/Alaura, best known for starring in television series including Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty. On Broadway, she received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as The Witch in Into the Woods, as well as starring in After Midnight and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

The cast also includes Marc Elliott as Panchos/Munoz, Nick Cavaliere as Sonny, Adam Fogarty as Big Six and Mark Penfold* as Luther Kingsley, who reprise their roles from the Donmar, joined by Rob Houchen as Jimmy/Dr Mandril, Joshua St Clair as Peter Kingsley and Cindy Bellot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific and Ryan Reid as the Angel City 4.

Further casting is to be announced.

The creative team for City of Angels includes choreography by Stephen Mear, scenic design by Robert Jones, costume design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, lighting design by Howard Harrison,

In a review from the Donmar Warehouse production, Mark Shenton praised the company for encapsulating "the sense of period and polish required in a hugely stylish production." 

City of Angels is at the Garrick Theatre from 5th March 2020.

City of Angels tickets go on sale on 4th November.

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