Happy Ending at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston

Daniel Krupnik Productions will present the UK premiere of new musical Happy Ending by Anat Gov with music by Shlomi Shaban and Michal Solomon at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, east London, from 28 January to 7 March 2015, with an official opening on 31 January 2015.

The musical is based on Anat Gov's personal experiences of living with and succumbing to cancer and tackles difficult life choices, presenting with sincerity and matter-of-fact humour the treatment of illness in all its highs, lows, dignities and absurdities. It has been translated from Hebrew and adapted by Hilla Bar.

The cast for the production includes Thea Beyleveld, Jodie Jacobs, Gillian Kirkpatrick, Beverley Klein, Andrea Miller, Oliver Stoney and Gemma Wardle with further casting to be announced.

"Carrie Evans, a theatre star in her late forties, arrives at an Oncology clinic to begin a series of treatments to prolong her life. From her interactions with doctors and talking to other patients who will try anything from drugs with unpronounceable names to horse’s milk to cannabis smoking, she finally reaches liberation in her realisation that there is always a choice."

Happy Ending is directed by Guy Retallack aand features musical direction by Tom Turner, choreography by Paul Harris, designs by Simone Romaniuk, lighting design by Richard Williamson and sound design by David Glover.

Israeli playwright Anat Gov died from cancer aged 58 in 2012, four years after she was diagnosed with the disease. The play 'Happy Ending' won the Nissim Aloni award for Original Writing in 2011 and the Gottlieb and Hannah Rosenblum Performing Arts Award in 2012.

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