The Sound of Music at Chichester Festival Theatre – full casting announced

Chichester Festival Theatre has revealed the full casting for its forthcoming revival of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Directed by Adam Penford, the show will play at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 3 September 2023.

Already announced is Gina Beck (South Pacific) as Maria, and joining her will be Edward Harrison (A Christmas Carol, Skellig) as Captain von Trapp, opera singer Janis Kelly (Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna) as Mother Abbess, Ako Mitchell (Caroline, Or Change, The Color Purple) as Max Detweiler, and Emma Williams (Half A Sixpence, Love Story) as Elsa Schraeder.

Other cast include Elliott Baker-Costello, Wendy Carr, Lauren Chia, Lauren Conroy (as Liesl), Wendy Ferguson, Hana Ichijo, William Ilkley, Rebekah Lowings, Liam Marcellino, Dylan Mason (as Rolf), Julia J Nagle, Minal Patel, Matt Pettifor, Rebecca Ridout, Tony Stansfield, Annabelle Williams and Penelope Woodman; and the roles of the von Trapp children will be shared by Jesamine-Bleu Gibbs, Barnaby Halliwell, Audrey Kattan, Arrabella McDermott, Gabriel Payne, Mia Raggio, Erin Rushidi, Maya Sewrey, Vishal Soni, Dylan Trigger, Felicity Walton and Sasha Watson-Lobo.

Gina Beck’s recent credits include playing Nellie in the 2021 Chichester production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, which went to tour the UK and play Sadler’s Wells Theatre last summer.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s last and much-loved musical includes classic songs Climb Ev’ry Mountain, My Favorite Things and Edelweiss to Do-Re-Mi and The Sound of Music.

The creative team of this new production includes: direction by Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse (Piaf, The Madness of George III), design by Robert Jones (Murder on the Orient Express, The Unfriend, Oklahoma!), choreography by Lizzi Gee, musical supervision by Gareth Valentine, musical direction by Matt Samer, original orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett, orchestral adaptation by Larry Blank and Mark Cumberland, lighting design by Johanna Town, sound design by Paul Groothuis, video design by Hayley Egan, casting by Natalie Gallacher CDG for Pippa Ailion Casting, and children’s casting by Verity Naughton CDG.

📷 Main photo: The Sound of Music at Chichester Festival Theatre - first day of rehearsals

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