The Light in the Piazza

Royal Festival Hall, London

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The London premiere of six-time Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza comes to Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in Summer 2019.

Directed by multiple Olivier Award winner Daniel Evans, this lavish new production stars Opera legend and Tony Award nominee Renée Fleming and Disney film and television superstar Dove Cameron making their West End debuts.

This new production will feature “the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story” (NY Times) performed by Opera North’s 40-piece onstage orchestra.

Designed by Rob Jones (RSC, Royal Opera House) for the Royal Festival Hall’s breathtaking stage, The Light in the Piazza will sweep you off your feet as it transports you to a beautiful, sun-drenched Italian piazza.

The Light in the Piazza is booking from 14 June 2019 until 5 July 2019 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

Florence. Summer 1953. As American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the city’s wonders, a fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hands of local dreamer Fabrizio Naccarelli… and it’s amore at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret that’s been kept in the shadows for far too long.

WHO’S IN IT? THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA CAST

The cast is led by four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming as Margaret Johnson and Dove Cameron as Margaret’s troubled daughter Clara; she is best known for her role in Disney’s The Descendants trilogy, recently starred as Amber von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! and is currently starring as Cher in the Off-Broadway production of Clueless: The Musical.

The cast also features Alex Jennings, Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker, Liam Tamne, Marie McLaughlin, Malcolm Sinclair, Matthew Woodyatt, Rhona McGregor, Tom Partridge, Molly Lynch, Nicholas Duncan, Chlöe Hart, Danny Becker, Monica Swayne and Simbi Akande.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Daniel Evans with set design by Rob Jones, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel and lighting design Mark Henderson. The Light in the Piazza has a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel.

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Performance dates
Booking to 5 July 2019

Venue Information

Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube or Train: Embankment Station (District Line, Circle Line); Waterloo Station (Jubilee Line, Northern Line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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Alex Jennings joins The Light in the Piazza musical at Southbank Centre
Alex Jenning's will join the cast of six-time Tony award winning musical The Light in the Piazza which opens at London's Southbank Centre in June. A stunning story about the life-changing thrill of first love, Jennings will play Signor Naccarelli the father of dashing Italian lover, Fabrizio. The three-time Olivier Award winner was most recently seen portraying the Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor in the Netflix series The Crown, Liberal MP Peter Bessell in A Very English Scandal and Tim Finch in Unforgotten, for which he has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor BAFTA. Jennings has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre and has played lead roles in musicals My Fair Lady and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is the only performer to have won Olivier awards in the drama, musical and comedy categories. The cast also features four-time Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming, Disney Film and Emmy-winning TV star Dove Cameron, Rob Houchen (Marius in Les Misérables), Celinde Schoenmaker (Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera), Malcolm Sinclair, leading operatic soprano Marie McLaughlin and Liam Tamne (The Phantom of the Opera). The acclaimed musical is running at the Royal Festival Hall for 20 performances only and will be directed by Daniel Evans, designed by Robert Jones with costumes from Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting will be by Mark Henderson and sound by Mick Potter, with Opera North playing the score, conducted by Kimberley Grigsby. Find tickets to The Light in the Piazza The Light in the Piazza is booking from 14 June 2019 until 5 July 2019 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London
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London premiere for The Light in the Piazza confirmed for 2019
Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas' Tony Award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza will receive its London premiere at the Southbank Centre in June 2019. Daniel Evans, Chichester Festival Theatre's Artistic Director, will direct the production which will star renowned opera singer Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron, best known as the star of Disney’s The Descendants. Renée Fleming said: “I’m delighted to be a part of the London premiere of The Light in the Piazza. Adam Guettel’s score is ravishing, reaching beyond the boundaries of how we think of musical theatre. For my London theatre debut, to play Margaret Johnson — a fascinating, deeply human character whose predicament I find incredibly moving — this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.” Set in 1953, the musical tells the story of an American mother and daughter on holiday in Florence. When the young Clara falls in love with local man Fabrizio, she and her mother must confront a secret which could destroy Clara's hopes for happiness. Described by the New York Times as having “the most intensely romantic score of any musical since West Side Story”, the musical premiered on Broadway in 2005 starring Kelli O'Hara (The King and I) and Matthew Morrison (Glee, Finding Neverland) as the young lovers. The Light in the Piazza will feature a live 40-piece symphony orchestra, and will run for 20 performances from 14 June 2019. The show will have set design by Rob Jones (RSC, Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera New York), costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel (Royal Opera House, The Metropolitan Opera New York), and lighting design by multi Olivier Award winner Mark Henderson. The Light in the Piazza runs from 14 June 2019 until 5 July 2019 at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

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