Michael Crawford is to star in a musical version of L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between.
Crawford who returns to the West End following a 5-year absence, will play Leo Colston, the story’s narrator, who as a teen went to stay at the English country estate of a wealthy school friend. The Maudsley family are gracious hosts, but use him in a carefree way, and he winds up unwittingly ferrying love letters from the daughter of the house to her secret lover, a tenant farmer.
Class and casual cruelty inflict lasting psychological scars upon the boy and it’s the older Leo, reminiscing as he leafs through a dusty diary, who finally understands what happened in that long ago, turn-of-the-20th century summer.
Crawford admitted it was a difficult piece but that he was fighting fit, adding ‘at this age, for eight shows a week, I think it’s do or die! That’s the way I’m going at it’ . Crawford who is 74 went on to say that obviously his voice wasn’t the same as it was, but he has always continued daily voice lessons; a routine instilled in him by Ian Adam, the celebrated singing teacher, whom Crawford credits with enabling him to do Phantom of the Opera. Crawford’s last role was the title role in The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium.
The Go-Between is composed Richard Taylor, with a book by David Wood and will be produced in the West End by Joseph Smith and Bill Kenwright.
The Go-Between will play from 27 May 2016 until 15 October 2016 at the Apollo Theatre.