McQueen transfers to the Haymarket Theatre


McQueen, about British fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End for a limited season from 13 August to 7 November 2015, with an official opening on 27 August. The play previously enjoyed a successful run at the St. James Theatre in Victoria, south London, where it received its world premiere in May of this year.

McQueen is described as "stepping into the fairy story landscape of McQueen's mind, the landscape seen in his immortal shows, where with a dress an urchin can become an Amazon, where beauty might just help us survive the night".

Written by James Phillips, the production will be directed by John Caird, with set design by David Farley, lighting by David Howe, sound by John Leonard and choreography by Christopher Marney. Cast includes Stephen Wight (Lee Alexander McQueen), Carly Bawden (Dahlia), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Isabella Blow), Laura Rees (Arabella) and Michael Bertenshaw (Mr Hitchcock).

Synopsis: "A girl has watched McQueen's Mayfair house for eleven consecutive days. Tonight she climbs down from her watching tree and breaks into his house, to steal a dress, to become someone special. He catches her, but, instead of calling the police, they embark together on a journey through London and into his heart."

The West End production has scenes that have been rewritten and will also include an interval. Writer James Phillips said of the announcement: "I’m so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production. For me, it’s also thrilling that we’re going into the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as it was in this theatre that I had my first ever professional job, a few months after leaving college."

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