‘Heathers the Musical’ to return to Theatre Royal Haymarket
We’re going back to Westerberg High. How very.
Heathers the Musical is set for a London revival this summer, as it returns to Theatre Royal Haymarket. Last in London in 2018, Heathers is at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 21 June - 11 September with Heathers tickets on sale now.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Winona Ryder, Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer, a high schooler who longs to be popular. When she becomes a part of the ‘Heathers’ group, she believes she has it all, until her relationship with teen rebel JD goes awry.
For Theatre Royal Haymarket, Danny Cohen, President of Access Entertainment, said: “We are keen to get the doors of the Theatre Royal Haymarket open as soon as possible. The energy of a sold-out performance in front of a live audience is like nothing else and we are delighted to be partnering with Bill Kenwright to achieve that on the very first day the government allows.”
Heathers features a book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, with direction by Andy Fickman and choreography by Gary Lloyd. The West End revival of Heathers is due to open on the first day of Step Four, when theatres can open with no social distancing.
Casting for the West End run will be announced at a later date. The Heathers UK and Ireland tour cast includes Rebecca Wickes as Veronica, Simon Gordon as JD, Maddison Firth as Heather Chandler, Merryl Ansah as Heather Duke and Lizzy Parker as Heather McNamara. The company is completed by Mhairi Angus, Andy Brady, Callum Connolly, Liam Doyle, Rhiane Drummond, Georgina Hagen, Bayley Hart, Kurt Kansley and Daisy Twells.
The London premiere of Heathers took place at The Other Palace in 2018, before a West End transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket the same year. The 2018 cast included Carrie Hope Fletcher as Veronica Sawyer, alongside Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs and T’Shan Williams.
In a review of the 2018 West End production, Will Longman said: “Given its colourful design and glittery pop soundtrack, you’d be forgiven for thinking Heathers is a light-hearted coming-of-age, high school comedy, but it’s bloody dark: murder and suicide, bulimia and bullying dominate the Westerberg campus. I laughed, witnessed some top-class performances, and woke up singing the songs. How very.”
Heathers tickets are on sale now.
Photo credit: Original London cast of Heathers 2018 (Photo courtesy of Heathers)