Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer has confirmed that her new musical project, Viva Forever, will be directed by British theatre director Marianne Elliott.
Viva Forever, which is based on the songs of the Spice Girls and promises to be a modern fable of camaraderie, love and loyalty, has been written by Jennifer Saunders.
Marianne Elliott has worked for the Royal Exchange, Royal Court, RSC and National Theatre and is most famous for her direction, along with Tom Morris, of the National Theatre’s War Horse, which is currently playing at the New London Theatre in London and has recently opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Broadway to rave reviews. Her other productions include Saint Joan at the National starring Anne-Marie Duff and Alan Ayckbourn’s Season’s Greetings.
Judy Craymer said in a statement that Marianne Elliott has a “theatrical aptitude for exploring strong women and their relationships and her meticulousness to detail she is absolutely the right person to direct this new musical which is all about female friendship, celebrity and fame”.
Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls’ manager, said, “The girls and I are delighted that one of the most brilliant female theatre directors Marianne Elliott is to direct Viva Forever. Judy, Jennifer and now Marianne, make an eminent team.”
The show is expected to premiere in London at the end of 2012.