Full casting has been announced for Flowers For Mrs Harris which opens at Riverside Studios this September.
Joining previously announced Jenna Russell as Ada Harris are Hal Fowler as ‘Albert Harris / Marquis de Chassagne’, Olivier Award-nominee Kelly Price as ‘Lady Dant / Madame Colbert’, Annie Wensak as ‘Violet / French Char Lady’, Charlotte Kennedy as ‘Pamela / Natasha’, Nathanael Campbell as ‘Bob / Andre’, David McKechnie as ‘Major / Monsieur Armand’ and Pippa Winslow as ‘Countess / Sybill Sullivan’.
The cast will be completed by Issy Khogali, Richard Morse, Off West End Award-nominee Harry Singh and Abigail Williams.
Jenna Russell’s extensive stage credits include: Piaf (Nottingham Playhouse), Celebrating Sondheim (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory), Fun Home (Young Vic), Dr Faustus (The Duke of York’s Theatre) and Grey Gardens (Southwark Theatre). On TV Russell is know for playing Michelle Fowler in Eastenders, Debroarh in Born and Bred and Maggie in On The Up.
Producer Ollie Hancock said, on behalf of Tiny Giants Productions and Katy Lipsom for Aria Entertainment said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be announcing such an exceptional supporting cast for the London premiere of Flowers for Mrs Harris. The cast of 12 play 25 characters between them, so casting the show was a very labour-intensive process, but one of absolute joy to be a part of. I’m very much looking forward to charming and moving London audiences for the first time with this gorgeously uplifting British musical.”
Jenna Russell said, “Ada Harris is a dream role in an exceptional piece by Rachel Wagstaff and Richard Taylor. I’m thrilled to be part of this amazing team, bringing “Flowers For Mrs Harris” to the Riverside Studios. Reading the play had a profound effect on me, and I can’t wait to see how that translates to a live experience, for the actors and audience alike.”
Flowers For Mrs Harris will be directed by Bronagh Lagan (Cruise – West End, Rags – Park Theatre, Little Women – Hope Mill Theatre).
The show plays a limited 9-week season at Riverside Studios from 30 September to 26 November, with a press night on 5 October.
Based on the novel by Paul Gallico and adapted for the stage by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between) and Rachel Wagstaff (The Mirror Crack’d), Flowers for Mrs Harris is a celebration of kindness, friendship and carrying on in the face of grief. This will be the first London production of the critically acclaimed musical since its premiere in Sheffield in 2016, which was followed by a highly successful run at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
The creative team for the Riverside Studios run includes: Jason Carr (orchestrations), Jonathan Gill (musical director) and Jane Deitch (casting director).