About The Baker's Wife

Menier Chocolate Factory, London
6 July 2024 - 14 September 2024

The Baker’s Wife makes a welcome return to London this Summer at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Based on the classic French movie, the arrival of a new Baker and his younger wife turns a provincial French village upside down in this cult classic musical from the legendary Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, Pippin) and Joseph Stein (writer of Fiddler On The Roof).

Directed by Gordon Greenburg (who previously directed Barnum at the Chocolate Factory), with choreography by Matt Cole (Olivier award winner for Newsies) and designs by Paul Farnworth, this brand new production plays for a limited 10-week season from 6 July.

The cast is led by West End stars Lucie Jones (Les MiserablesWicked) as Geneviève, the Baker’s Wife, and Clive Rowe (Sister Act The Musical) as Aimable, the Baker.

The Baker’s Wife runs from 6 July to 14 September 2024 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London.


Show Information

Performance dates
6 July 2024 - 14 September 2024
Running time
To be confirmed
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday, Sunday

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What's the story of The Baker's Wife?

A baker in France who, after finding out that his wife has become besotted with a handsome chauffeur, refuses to supply the town with any more bread until she comes to her senses and returns to him.

Who is in the cast of The Baker's Wife?

Starring Lucie Jones (Genevieve) and Clive Rowe (The Baker), with Sutara Gayle (Therese), Bart Lambert (Ensemble), Norman Pace (Claude), Liam Tamne (Barnaby), David Pendlebury (Ensemble), Annabelle Williams (Ensemble), Finty Williams (Hortense), Bobbie Chambers (Niece), Mark Extance (The Teacher), Josefina Gabrielle (Denise), Jack Gardner (Philippe), Hana Ichijo(Niece), Michael Matus (The Marquis), Robyn Rose (Niece), David Seadon-Young (Antoine), Matthew Seadon-Young (Priest), and Joaquin Pedro Valdes (Dominique).

The cast also includes Bart Lambert, David Pendlebury, and Annabelle Williams.

Who are the creative team of The Baker's Wife?

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Joseph Stein.

Based on the novel Jean-le-bleu and the play La Femme du Boulanger by Jean Giono, and the film by Marcel Pagnol.

Director: Gordon Greenberg; Designer: Paul Farnsworth; Lighting Designer: Paul Anderson; Choreography: Matt Cole; Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator: Stuart Morley; Musical Director: Dustin Conrad


Venue Information

Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Northern line, Jubilee line)
Nearest Buses: 17, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 48, 133, 141, 149, 343, 381, 521
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Yes, The Baker's Wife has matinee performances on the following days: Saturday, Sunday

News about The Baker's Wife

Final casting announced for The Baker’s Wife joining Lucie jones at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Final casting announced for The Baker’s Wife joining Lucie jones at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Full and final casting has been revealed for the Menier Chocolate Factory's forthcoming revival of Stephen Schwarz musical The Baker's Wife. Joining the cast are Sutara Gayle (Silent Witness, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) as Therese, Norman Pace (Hale and Pace, Hairspray) as Claude, Liam Tamne (Bonnie & Clyde, Wicked) as Barnaby, and Finty Williams (Angelina Ballerina, The Ocean at the End of the Lane) as Hortense. The cast will also include Bart Lambert, David Pendlebury, and Annabelle Williams. Already announced are West End stars Lucie Jones (Les Miserables, Wicked) as Geneviève, the Baker's Wife, and Clive Rowe (Sister Act The Musical, A Christmas Carol) as Aimable, the Baker, alongside Joaquin Pedro Valdes (Death Note) as Dominique, Josefina Gabrielle (Les Miserables) as Denise, Michael Matus (Hex) as The Marquis, and David Seadon-Young (Aspects of Love) as Antoine. The cast also includes Jack Gardner as Philippe, Mark Extance as The Teacher, Matthew Seadon-Young as Priest, and Bobbie Chambers, Hana Ichijo and Robyn Rose as the Nieces. Directed by Gordon Greenberg (The Heart of Rock and Roll, Barnum), The Baker's Wife runs from 6 July to 14 September 2024 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The show boasts music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), a book by Joseph Stein (The Fiddler on the Roof), and is based on the 1938 French film by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, Also in the creative team are Olivier Award winner Choreographer Matt Cole (Newsies), Designer Paul Farnsworth, Lighting Designer Paul Anderson, Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator Stuart Morley and Musical Director Dustin Conrad. Currently playing at the Menier is Jerry Herman revue Jerry's Girls starring Cassidy Janson, Jessica Martin and Julie Yammanee, directed by Hannah Chissick, and also choreographed by Matt Cole. Clive Rowe is currently starring alongside Beverley Knight in Sister Act at the Dominion Theatre in London. The Baker's Wife runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 6 July to 14 September 2024. Book tickets to The Baker's Wife at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London
The Baker’s Wife casting announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory including Lucie Jones & Clive Rowe
The Baker’s Wife casting announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory including Lucie Jones & Clive Rowe
The Menier Chocolate Factory has revealed initial casting for The Baker's Wife in London. The Stephen Schwartz musical will be led by West End stars Lucie Jones (Les Miserables, Wicked) as Geneviève, the Baker's Wife, and Clive Rowe (Sister Act The Musical, A Christmas Carol) as Aimable, the Baker. The show will also feature Joaquin Pedro Valdes as Dominique and Josefina Gabrielle as Denise, with Michael Matus as The Marquis, David Seadon-Young as Antoine, Jack Gardner as Philippe, Mark Extance as The Teacher, Matthew Seadon-Young as Priest, and Bobbie Chambers, Hana Ichijo and Robyn Rose as the Nieces. Directed by Gordon Greenberg (The Heart of Rock and Roll - Broadway, Barnum - Menier Chocolate Factory), The Baker's Wife runs from 6 July to 14 September 2024. The show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell), a book by Joseph Stein (The Fiddler on the Roof), and is based on the 1938 French film by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, Also in the creative team is Olivier Award winner Choreography Matt Cole (Newsies), plus Designer Paul Farnsworth, Lighting Designer Paul Anderson, Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator Stuart Morley and Musical Director Dustin Conrad. Currently playing at the Menier is Power of Sail, which ends on 12 May 2024. Next up is Jerry Herman revue Jerry's Girls, from 18 May 2024, starring Cassidy Janson, Jessica Martin and Julie Yammanee, directed by Hannah Chissick, and also choreographed by Matt Cole. Lucie Jones is performing a solo concert at Cadogan Hall - Lucie Jones in Concert - on 12 May 2024. It was announced on Friday that she will be joined by West End star Alfie Boe as a special guest. Clive Rowe is currently starring alongside Beverley Knight in Sister Act at the Dominion Theatre in London. The Baker's Wife runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 6 July to 14 September 2024. Book tickets to The Baker's Wife at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London More about the principle cast of The Baker's Wife Lucie Jones is a WhatsOnStage Award winning actor. Her West End credits include Fantine in Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre), Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre), and Jenna Hunterson in Waitress (Adelphi Theatre). She was an X Factor finalist in 2009, and a Eurovision finalist in 2017. Clive Rowe is an Olivier Award winner. He was most recently seen as Eddie Southern in Sister Act (Dominion Theatre), and Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol (Old Vic). For television, he is known for Tracy Beaker, So Awkward, and The Evermoor Chronicles. Joaquin Pedro Valdes returns to the Chocolate Factory after starring in the critically acclaimed run of Pacific Overtures. His West End credits include Death Note The Musical and Heathers. Josefina Gabrielle has appeared three times at the Chocolate Factory, starring in Two Into One, Merrily We Roll Along, and Sweet Charity. Her West End credits include Les Miserables and Chicago. Mark Extance's West End credits include The Motive & The Cue, Get Up Stand Up!, and The Mirror and the Light. Michael Matus was recently seen on a London stage in Twelfth Night, Aspects of Love, and Hex. David Seadon-Young last appeared at the Chocolate Factory in Aspects of Love. In the West End his credits The Man of La Mancha and An American in Paris. Matthew Seadon-Young's West End credits include Death of a Salesman and Company.
Stephen Schwartz musical The Baker’s Wife to get a London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Stephen Schwartz musical The Baker’s Wife to get a London revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Award-winning musicals composer Stephen Schwarz has announced that his 1976 musical The Baker's Wife is to get a new revival in London. The show will play the Menier Chocolate Factory in South London this Summer 2024. Schwarz announced the news at this evening's Schwartz at 75 concert at the Lyric Theatre in London, celebrating the 75th birthday of the legendary composer of musicals including Wicked, Pippin and Godspell. Performers at the birthday celebration included Rob Houchen, who organised the evening, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Louise Dearman, Adam Pearce, and even Schwarz himself. The Baker's Wife last played London off-West End at the Union Theatre in 2011. The original West End production, which only lasted just over two months in town, played the Phoenix Theatre in 1989 starring Alun Armstrong and Sharon Lee-Hill, directed by Trevor Nunn. The show is yet to have a professional debut on Broadway, with the original 1976 US production starring Patti LuPone and Paul Sorvino never making it as far as New York. The Baker's Wife has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof), based on the French novel "Jean-le-bleu" and the play "La Femme du Boulanger" by Jean Giono, and the classic French movie by Marcel Pagnol. A host of songs from the show have become musical theatre standards including including Meadowlark, Chanson, Gifts of Love, Proud Lady and Where Is the Warmth? During his incredible career Schwarz has also written lyrics for films including Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt and Enchanted; and picked up awards including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, four Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. There's no current details on dates, casting or director or creative team for The Baker's Wife. Other new Stephen Schwarz projects in development for London include a new musical about Picasso with movie star Antonio Banderas, for Trafalgar Entertainment.  More about The Baker's Wife Tickets at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London Book tickets to Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London

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