New musical Rock Follies to premiere at Chichester, stars Zizi Strallen, Carly Bawden

A brand new musical, based on the much-loved 70’s TV series Rock Follies, is coming to Chichester as part of their new 2023 season.

Promising to be a punchy new musical that’s a rousing, riotous rollercoaster of woman power, it’s set in the 1970s when feminism was on the rise! 

Fed up with the male-dominated entertainment industry, Anna, Dee and Q take the future into their own hands and form a rock band – the ironically named ‘Little Ladies’. And so begins the musical helter-skelter ride of a lifetime. Can principles and ambition co-exist? And can their friendship survive in the dog-eat-dog world of rock?

The show boasts a book by Chloë Moss, with original songs from the TV series by Howard Schuman and Andy Mackay. Plus the musical will be directed by award-winning director Dominic Cooke, who is currently directing Sophie Okonedo in Medea at @sohoplace theatre, recently directed David Tennant in GOOD in the West End, and directed the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

The show stars Carly Bawden (Carousel, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, My Fair Lady, Sheffield Crucible) as Anna, with Zizi Strallen, fresh from playing the title role in Mary Poppins in the West End, as Q.

They are joined by Samuel Barnett (The History Boys, Olivier and Tony-nominated; The Lady in the Van; Twenty Twelve), Tamsin Carroll (Hex, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), and Fred Haig (Tammy Faye, A Christmas Carol).

Rock Follies will have set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Kinnetia Isidore, choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, musical supervision and arrangements by Nigel Lilley, musical direction by Toby Higgins, lighting design by Paule Constable, and casting by Pippa Ailion CDG and Natalie Gallacher CDG.

Rock Follies is playing in the Minerva Theatre in Chichester from 24 July to 26 August 2023.

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