Sandy Wilson’s musical The Boy Friend will return to the London stage this Christmas in a revival by director Matthew White.
White’s production is the first major revival of the musical in 10 years and sees the director return to the Menier following previous productions of She Loves Me, Candide and Sweet Charity.
The Menier has had a string of hits with musicals over the last few years including the current production of The Bridges of Madison County starring Jenna Russell, Trevor Nunn’s revival of Fiddler on the Roof which is now playing in the West End and a production of Funny Girl starring Sheridan Smith.
Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows. The musical premiered in 1953 in the West End where it ran for over 2,000 performances before transferring to Broadway with a young ingénue called Julie Andrews, who subsequently went on to land the lead role in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady.
The show will have choreography by Bill Deamer, set & costume design by Paul Farnsworth, lighting design by Paul Anderson, sound design by Gregory Clarke, hair & wig design by Richard Mawbey, musical supervision/direction by Simon Beck and orchestrations by David Cullen.
Casting to be announced in due course.
The Boy Friend runs from 22 November 2019 until 7 March 2020 at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London.