Mrs Henderson Presents transfers to the Noel Coward
It has been announced that the new musical adaptation of Mrs Henderson Presents will transfer to the Noel Coward Theatre following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this year. The production will begin previews on 9 February 2016, with an official opening on 16 February.
Featuring a book and direction by Terry Johnson, lyrics by Don Black and music by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain, the musical is based on the original screenplay by Martin Sherman.
"It's London, 1937, and recently-widowed eccentric, Laura Henderson, is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office... When Mrs Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues – audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan "We Never Close"."
Tracie Bennett stars as Mrs Henderson, alongside Ian Bartholomew as Van Damm and Emma Williams as her young protégé.
The production features choreography by Andrew Wright, design by Tim Shortall, sound by Gareth Owen, costumes by Paul Wills and lighting by Ben Ormerod.
Mrs Henderson Presents opened to generally positive reviews at the Theatre Royal Bath where it ran from 15 August to 5 September 2015.