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Aspects of Love – Reviews Round-up

July 19, 2010 

Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory - Reviews Round-upPhew! The Menier Chocolate Factory is back on form after the slight blip that was Paradise Found. A collective sigh was heard across the Review pit as Trevor Nunn’s unfinished business with Aspects of Love garnered largely positive reviews from the critics, who weren’t always enamoured with the lyrics but heaped much praise on Nunn’s intimate chamber staging, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and the accomplished cast. Given Nunn’s success with A Little Night Music, there will be much expectation that this will transfer to the West End and beyond.

Dave Willets cast in Aspects of Love

June 9, 2010 

Musical theatre veteran Dave Willets has been cast as George in the new Menier Chocolate Factory production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love.

With book and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, Aspects of Love will see the return of director Trevor Nunn to the Menier after his enormous success with A Little Night Music, currently starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Nunn also directed the original West End production of the show in 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Willets has worked with Trevor Nunn before, notably playing Jean Val Jean in Nunn’s RSC production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre. He is also no stranger to Andew Lloyd Webber’s work having covered most major roles including the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican, Old Deuteronomy in Cats and was Olivier award nominated for his recent performance as Max von Mayerling in Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre. Other roles include Major Lee in Someone Like You at the Strand Theatre, Zero Janvier in Tim Rice’s Tycoon, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Jekyll, Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street and numerous national and international concert tours.

Joining Willets will Michael Arden and Katherine Kingsley in the lead roles of Alex and Rose, alongside Rosalie Craig as Giulietta, Martyn Ellis as Marcel, Rebecca Brewer as Jenny, and Jill Armour, Louisa Lydell, Ian McLarnon, David Roberts, Savannah Stevenson, Dominic Tighe and Rebecca Trehearn.

The Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical will premiere at the venue from7 July, with designs by David Farley, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Paul Pyant, musical supervision by Caroline Humphris, orchestrations by David Cullen and sound by Gareth Owen.

The show is based on David Garnett’s novel and tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their companions set against the background of 1940’s France and Italy.  Alex Dillingham, a young student travelling through France, falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert.  As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex’s uncle changes their lives forever.  A love story spanning twenty years binding six people and three generations as they come to appreciate that love changes everything.

Young American actor Michael Arden has appeared in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changing on Broadway, and off Broadway productions of Swimming in the Shallows, Bare, Ace, God of Vengeance, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and The Secret Garden.  TV roles include Bones, Numbers and Grey’s Anatomy.

UK actress Katherine Kingsley is currently starring in the UK tour of The 39 Steps, and other credits include Piaf (Olivier Award nomination), The Truth Will Out, The Black and White Ball, Hobson’s Choice, High Society and The Canterbury Tales. On-screen work includes The Bill, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

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KATHERINE KINGSLEY in Aspects of Love

May 20, 2010 

Katherine Kingsley to star in Trevor Nunn’s new Menier production

Katherine Kingsley

Currently touring the UK in the hilarious The 39 Steps, Katherine Kingsley has spent the last few years rising onwards and upwards.

Her accomplished list of credits cover drama, comedy and musical, all of which reflect her training: the Bristol Old Vic, Mountview and English National Opera. Past productions include an Olivier nomination for the recent Donmar production of Piaf, The Trojan Women, High Society, The Truth Will Out, The Black and White Ball, Hobson’s Choice, Habeas Corpus, The Canterbury Tales, The Memory of Water, Suddenly at Home, Go Back for Murder, The Hollow, Verdict  and And Then There Were None. TV work includes The Bill, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

She will star as Rose Vibert in Aspects of Love alongside Michael Arden as Alex Dillingham. This will be the first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love will premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 7 July. With book and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, Aspects of Love will see the return of director Trevor Nunn to the Menier after his enormous success with A Little Night Music, currently starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Nunn also directed the original West End production of the show in 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

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MICHAEL ARDEN in Aspects of Love

May 20, 2010 

Broadway hotshot seeks Love in London

Michael Arden

Young American actor Michael Arden will be winging his way to London shortly to start rehearsals for his starring role in Trevor Nunn’s new, slimmed-down production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love.

Arden’s career so far has covered a lot of ground. He appeared in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changing on Broadway, and off Broadway productions of Swimming in the Shallows, Bare, Ace, God of Vengeance, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and The Secret Garden.  He also His TV and film credits include Bones, Numbers and Grey’s Anatomy as well as Bride Wars and The Good Shepherd. And if that wasn’t enough he caught the eye of Barbra Streisand and supported her on her European tour in 2007.

The first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love will premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 7 July. With book and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, Aspects of Love will see the return of director Trevor Nunn to the Menier after his enormous success with A Little Night Music, currently starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Nunn also directed the original West End production of the show in 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Michael will star as Alex Dillingham alongside Katherine Kingsley as Rose Vibert.

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Casting Update: La Bete and Aspects

May 20, 2010 

News on West End Theatre casting for La Bete and Aspects of Love

ASPECTS OF LOVE

The first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love will premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 7 July. With book and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart, Aspects of Love will see the return of director Trevor Nunn to the Menier after his enormous success with A Little Night Music, currently starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Nunn also directed the original West End production of the show in 1989 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

The lead roles in the show will be taken by Michael Arden as Alex Dillingham and Katherine Kingsley as Rose Vibert.

Young American actor Michael Arden has appeared in Big River and The Times They Are A-Changing on Broadway, and off Broadway productions of Swimming in the Shallows, Bare, Ace, God of Vengeance, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and The Secret Garden.  TV roles include Bones, Numbers and Grey’s Anatomy.

Katherine Kingsley

Michael Arden

UK actress Katherine Kingsley is currently starring in the UK tour of The 39 Steps, and other credits include Piaf (Olivier Award nomination), The Truth Will Out, The Black and White Ball, Hobson’s Choice, High Society and The Canterbury Tales. On-screen work includes The Bill, Hollyoaks and Casualty.

The musical will feature designs by David Farley, choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Paul Pyant, musical supervision by Caroline Humphris, orchestrations by David Cullen and sound by Gareth Owen.

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LA BETE

The final casting for the high-profile revival of David Hirson’s comedy La Bête has been announced. Joining Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley at the Comedy Theatre from 26 June will be Stephen Ouimette, Lisa Joyce, Greta Lee, Robert Lonsdale, Michael Milligan, Liza Sadovy and Sally Wingert. The play will be directed by Matthew Warchus and run for a limited season at the Comedy Theatre before heading to Broadway.

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