Cole Porter’s High Society set for major revival at the Old Vic directed by Maria Friedman.

High Society set for the Old Vic

High Society set for the Old Vic

Award winning director and actress Maria Friedman has announced her next project following her acclaimed directorial debut with Merrily We Roll Along.

Friedman is to take on Cole Porter’s glamorous 1956 musical High Society, running at the Old Vic theatre from 30 April to 22 August 2015.

Casting is currently underway, with Maggie Lunn working on casting the show and an announcement expected shortly.

The show will be staged in the round, as part of the Old Vic’s “In The Round” season which has also seen Other Desert Cities, Richard Armitage in The Cruicble and current show Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

High Society will have to follow Maria Friedman’s exceptional directorial debut of Merrily We Roll Along, which bagged two Olivier Awards including Best Musical Revival, and Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.

Maria Friedman said: “To stage High Society in the round at The Old Vic is a hugely exciting project providing the perfect immersive environment for a sparkling musical celebration of wedding day shenanigans. I am really looking forward to transporting audiences into the glamorous heart of this world and hope they enjoy the party!”

The show’s Musical Director will be Theo Jamieson, with sound design by Simon Baker.

High Society features music and lyrics by Cole Porter, a book by Arthur Kopit and additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead. The show is based on the novel The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and the 1956 MGM movie starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and and Frank Sinatra.

Tree at the Old Vic

In other Old Vic news, the South London venue has announced that it will stage Daniel Kitson’s two-hander Tree at the Old Vic from 5 – 31 January 2015.

The show has previously been performed at the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, and will star Tim Key and Daniel Kitson.

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