The Boyfriend at Menier Chocolate Factory – casting announced

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced casting for their upcoming revival of Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boyfriend directed by Matthew White this Christmas.

The Boyfriend Menier Chocolate Factory cast

Matthew White directs a cast including Jack Butterworth (Bobby van Husen), Janie Dee (Mme Dubonnet), Adrian Edmondson (Lord Brockhurst), Tiffany Graves (Hortense), Dylan Mason (Tony), Amara Okereke (Polly) and Issy van Randwyck (Lady Brockhurst).

Sandy Wilson’s all-singing all-dancing love letter to 1920s musical comedies returns for the first major London revival in over 10 years.  Set in Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school in the south of France, these perfect young ladies burst into song at the least provocation, and forbidden boyfriends are forever popping through the French windows to sing and dance with them. Since its premiere in 1953, this light-hearted soufflé of a show has delighted audiences worldwide and has become one of the most well-loved British musicals of all time.

The Boy Friend opened in London in 1953, before a West End run in 1954, and ran for more than 5 years. The subsequent Broadway run in 1954 made a star of the then-unknown Julie Andrews. Ken Russell adapted it into a 1971 film with Twiggy who won two Golden Globes for her performance.

The Boyfriend is directed by Matthew White, associate director and choreography by Bill Deamer, design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Paul Anderson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, hair and wig design by Richard Mawbey, musical supervisor and director by Simon Beck with orchestrations by David Cullen.

The Boyfriend runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 22 November 2019 – 7 March 2020.

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