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"High Society" with Jerry Hall confirmed
"High Society" with Jerry Hall confirmed
It is now confirmed that Cole Porter's High Society, starring Jerry Hall as 'Mother Lord', will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre 10 Oct 2005, following previews from 1 Oct 2005 - booking to 25 Mar 2006.
Tickets are now on sale!!
Directed by Ian Talbot, the cast also includes : Graham Bickley (Dexter Haven), Katherine Kingsley (Tracy Lord), Paul Robinson (Mike Connor), Ria Jones (Liz Imbrie), James Jordan (Seth Lord), Royston Kean (Uncle Willie), Claire Redcliffe (Dinah Lord) and Bryan Torfeh (George Kittredge).
This production of High Society opened at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park in 2003 before embarking on a UK tour in 2004. The West End transfer is produced by Mark Goucher Productions
Music and lyrics are by Cole Porter with book by Arthur Kopit, based on the play The Philadelphia Story and the motion picture High Society.
Design & Costumes by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Jason Taylor, choreography by Gillian Gregory, musical direction is by James Dunsmore.
Wealthy, elegant and priggish, Tracy Lord is about to embark on her second marriage to a successful but stuffy businessman. Her first husband, notorious socialite Dexter Haven, reappears attempting to win back his wife. Meanwhile, little-known tabloid reporter Mike Konner, also falls for Tracy while covering her nuptials for his magazine. Tracy must choose between the three men.
Memorable Cole Porter tunes include Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, True Love, Swell Party, Just One of those Things and I Love Paris.
Texan born Jerry Hall, who trained at the Actors Studio in New York, theatre work in London and the US includes Mrs Robinson in the Graduate, The Vagina Monlogues, Bus Stop, Picasso's Women and most recently Benchmark, directed by Michael Rudman at the New End Theatre. Last year, as part of the Major's initiative to promote London Theatre, Jerry Hall made her way in to the Guinness Book of Records by appearing in six West End shows - including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Anything Goes and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - in one night. Her film work includes Savage Hearts, Batman and Urban Cowboy. On television she hosted her own series for the BBC, Jerry Hall's Gurus, and from 2 September her new show Kept premieres on VH1. Jerry Hall is the author of Tall Tales.
Graham Bickley's extensive work in the West End includes Tateh in Ragtime at the Piccadilly for which he received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, The Pajama Game at the Victoria Palace, Joe Gilles in Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi, Chris Scott in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Bishop in Which Which at the Piccadilly, Marius & Enjolras in Les Miserables at the Palace and They're Playing Our Song at the Shaftesbury Theatre. In concert his performances have includes Wonderful Town (Rotterdam Philharmonic), Guys and Dolls (Royal Festival Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus), On The Town and Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall), Evita (Chelmsford Festival). His television work includes Joey Boswell in Bread and Leslie Garrett and Friends for the BBC.
Katherine Kingsley, graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2003. Since graduating her theatre credits include Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens at the Queens Theatre, And Then There Were None, Verdict, Afternoon At The Seaside, The Hollow, The Patient, Go Back For Murder and Appointment With Death all for the Palace Theatre Manchester, Westcliff, Suddenly At Home at the Theatre Royal, Windsor and Habeas Corpus at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. Her television credits include Operation Good Guys, The Telephone Detectives, Hollyoaks and Jane Hall's Big Bad Bus Ride. On film her credits include 100 Second Marriage, Now We Are Three and Days of The Siren.
Paul Robinson's theatre credits include Don Lockwood in the West Yorkshire Playhouse production of Singin' in the Rain at the National Theatre for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. His other theatre work includes UK tours of Tap Dogs, Scrooge the Musical, Dames at Sea as well as Sugar Babies at the Savoy Theatre and the original UK cast of 42nd Street at Drury Lane. Earlier this year Paul Robinson played the role of Frank opposite Kevin Spacey in the feature film Beyond the Sea.