Imelda Staunton will star in a major West End revival of Hello, Dolly! at the Adelphi Theatre in 2020.
The four-time Olivier Awarding winning actress returns to the London stage in the iconic role of Dolly Gallagher Levi; an esteemed and strong-willed matchmaker to New York’s great and good. The production will run for 30-weeks from 11 August 2020.
Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, adapted from Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the musical comedy is about a widow who decides to match herself with shopkeeper (and noted half-a-millionaire) Horace Vandergelder.
The production will see Imelda team up with Director Dominic Cooke following their smash hit production of Follies at the National Theatre in 2017. In addition to Follies, Staunton has had a string of hits on stage over the last few years including Sweeney Todd, Gypsy and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Staunton commented: “Well, I’m delighted and daunted in equal measure to be doing a new production of Hello, Dolly! in London next year. I am so excited to be working again with Dominic Cooke, Michael Harrison and David Ian, and we all can’t wait to bring Hello, Dolly! – which is a truly joyous show – back to the West End after all these years. “
Also cast in the production is West End favourite Jenna Russell, recently seen on stage in Fun Home and The Bridges of Madison County, and also on screen in EastEnders.
Set & costume design is by Rae Smith, with choreography by Bill Deamer and musical supervision by Nick Skilbeck.
A recent 2017 smash-hit Broadway revival starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce (Fraiser) was rumoured to transfer to the West End, but never eventuated. It is also reported that Staunton has been cast as the Queen for the final two seasons of Netflix drama The Queen.
Tickets will go on-sale on 27 November 2019.
Full casting to be announced.
Hello, Dolly! will play a 30-week season at the Adelphi Theatre, London from 11 August 2020, with an official press night on 27 August 2020.