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Michael Crawford to star in new British musical
It has been announced that Olivier and Tony Award-winning musical theatre legend Michael Crawford will star in the West End premiere of new British musical The Go Between which will open for previews at the Apollo Theatre in London on 27 May 2016, with an official opening on 7 June 2016.
Based on the novel by L. P. Hartle the production features a score by Richard Taylor and book by David Wood. The show has been in development with Perfect Pitch musicals and has previously ran at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Royal & Derngate and Derby Live where it won the award for Best Musical Production at the Theatre Awards UK.
The Go Between recounts the story of an elderly man, Leo Colston, who accidentally unlocks the memories of his past which he had long ago left buried. Memories of the oppressively hot summer of 1900 and of his days spent in Norfolk come flooding back. Spending the holidays with the family of his school friend Marcus, the young Leo is unwittingly enlisted into an adult affair of deceit and forbidden passion. Acting as the go-between for the beautiful, upper-class Marian and tenant-farmer Ted, Leo becomes embroiled in a doomed love affair which will shape his life forever.
Michael Crawford makes a welcome return to the West End stage, following his last appearance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of 'The Wizard of Oz'. After early career roles in 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' and 'Billy', Crawford's breakthrough role came in 1981, where he created the tile role in Barnum in the West End, for which he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
He went on to later create the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera in both the original West End and Broadway production which saw him win a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award. He was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen in 1986 and receiving his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
The production will be directed by Roger Haines, with full cast and creatives to be announced.