Musical High Fidelity to receive UK premiere at Turbine Theatre

High Fidelity

A musical based on the Nick Hornby novel High Fidelity is to get its UK premiere as the first musical to run at the new Turbine Theatre in Battersea.

Written by David, Lindsey-Abaire with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Amanda Green, the 1995 novel tells the story of Rob Fleming, a record shop owner in his 30s whose girlfriend has left him. This prompts him to get in touch with his former partners and examine the failures of past relationships.

The book was adapted for a major film starring John Cusack in 2000 which relocated the story to Chicago, but the musical first performed on Broadway in 2006, will place the story back in London in a production directed by Tom Jackson Greaves. Vikki Stone will join the team to assist the writers to relocate the story back to London/Camden.

Greaves’ production will feature designs by David Shields, sound by Dan Samson, lighting design by Andrew Exeter and casting by Will Burton when it opens at the Turbine Theatre from 21st October to 7th December, with a press night on 1st November.

The first production at the new theatre, which was opened by Paul Taylor-Mills earlier this month, was Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song which stars Matthew Needham.

Announcing the musical, Taylor-Mills said: “I’m over the moon with how the opening of The Turbine has been received. Torch Song has been an absolute dream for me and it was always my ambition to follow up the first production with a musical.

“I’m thrilled to have the blessing of the original writers of the musical and hope to build on the brilliant show they’ve created.”

High Fidelity is at the Turbine Theatre from 21st October to 7th December 2019.

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