The Wild Party London

The Wild Party to open new Dalston venue EartH Hackney

Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe’s musical The Wild Party returns to London this August as the inaugural production at EartH Hackney.

This first major London revival will star Laura Baldwin (Waitress, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella) as Queenie, and Simon Anthony (Guys and Dolls) as Burrs.

Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, the musical tells the story of one wild evening shared by vaudeville dancer Queenie and vaudeville clown Burrs.

Running from 12 August to 7 September, the show is directed by Dan Herd. Herd describes The Wild Party as a thrilling, immersive journey into the Jazz Age’s dark side, promising a unique theatrical experience.

Herd said in a statement: “LaChiusa and Wolfe’s The Wild Party is a bold explosion of a musical that transports us into the intoxicating dark side of the Jazz Age. It’s a thrilling journey through a booze-fueled night with characters, score, and text that are utterly exhilarating.

“Our production aims to match the creators’ daring writing; here, the grotesque and iconic guests at this party possess our cast, transforming them into the puppets of ghosts from an untamed past, creating a palpable sense of unpredictability. This summer in Hackney, we’re crafting a unique theatrical event: shadows will dance across the faded grandeur of our venue, the audience will become part of an immersive ghost story, and our brilliant creative team and top-tier cast will revive this landmark musical with exuberance and true wildness.”

The creative team for the production includes Choreographer Alexzandra Sarmiento, Set and Costume Designer Sophia Pardon, Lighting Designer Adam King, Sound Designer Russell Ditchfield, and Musical Supervisor Ben Goddard-Young. Production management is handled by Ian Moore for the Production Family, and casting is directed by Richard Johnston for Pippa Ailion and Natalie Gallacher Casting. The show is produced by DeeHampton Productions Ltd.

Originally a 1930’s cinema, EartH Hackney is a newly restored 680-capacity venue in Dalston boasting a state-of-the-art sound system and original Art Deco features.

The musical was last staged in London under the direction of Drew McOnie at The Other Palace in 2017 with Frances Ruffelle as Queenie and John Owen-Jones as Burrs alongside West End favourites Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Donna McKechnie, Bronté Barbé and Ako Mitchell.

The Tony and Grammy award-nominated show originally opened on Broadway in 2000 with a cast including Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin and Eartha Kitt.

Who’s in the cast?

Laura Baldwin, Simon Anthony, Bobbie Little, Billy Cullum, Chumisa Dornford-May
Laura Baldwin, Simon Anthony, Bobbie Little, Billy Cullum, Chumisa Dornford-May

Leading the cast are Laura Baldwin as Queenie, known for her Becky in Waitress and Adele in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella; Simon Anthony as Burrs, from the original cast of Guys and Dolls at The Bridge Theatre; Bobbie Little as Kate, previously Emily in The Witches (National Theatre); Billy Cullum as Black, from A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); Chumisa Dornford-May as Dolores, known for playing the Alternate Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera.

George Crawford, Jade Kennedy, Kirsty Foreman, Christian Maynard, Samantha Bingley Kyle Richardson, Maddison Bulleyment, Lillie-Pearl Wildman, Ronan Quiniou, Ryan Wolpert, Jennifer Louise Jones, Amber Sylvia Edwards.

Completing the cast are George Crawford, Jade Kennedy, Kirsty Foreman, Christian Maynard, Samantha Bingley Kyle Richardson, Maddison Bulleyment, Lillie-Pearl Wildman, Ronan Quiniou, Ryan Wolpert, Jennifer Louise Jones, Amber Sylvia Edwards.

The Wild Party runs from 12 August to 7 September 2024 at EartH Hackney, London

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