Thom Southerland will direct the first West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White
Southerland’s production will be a streamlined version of the original, with a revised score from Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel.
Casting is yet to be announced but early indications are for Laura Pitt-Pulford to play leading character Marian Halcombe. The iconic role of Count Fosco – originated by Michael Crawford in a fat suit and then by Michael Ball – has been reimagined into a dashing and handsome young count.
Lloyd Webber recently stated there were issues with the original production however he and Zippel had been tinkering with the show over the last few years and had given Southerland this new version to direct.
The Woman in White opened to mixed reviews at the Palace Theatre in 2004 running for 19 months.
Adapted from Wilkie Collins’ haunting Victorian thriller, he musical is a tempestuous tale of love, betrayal and greed and features one of Lloyd Webber’s most romantic scores.
The creative team, lead by Southerland (Titanic, Grey Gardens, Grand Hotel), includes movement by Cressida Carré, set design by Morgan Large, costume design by Jonathan Lipman, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by Andrew Johnson.
The Woman in White will run from 20 November 2017 until 10 February 2018 at the Charing Cross Theatre.