Dominic Cooke’s highly anticipated West End production of Hello, Dolly! starring Imelda Staunton has been postponed with rescheduled dates to be announced.
Hello, Dolly! was scheduled to begin performances on 11 August at the Adelphi Theatre and run for 30-weeks, however producers Michael Harrison and David Ian have now said this will not take place due to the desired length of the run no longer being possible due to Covid-19.
A joint statement from Harrison and Ian said: “Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we aren’t able to stage the show this summer, we are completely committed to Hello, Dolly! Dominic Cooke’s new production is set to have a cast of 34 and an orchestra of 18 musicians.
“This, coupled with Rae Smith’s stunning new designs, means we do not want to compromise the length of run, so postponing until the time is right and schedules permit is the best option, but plans are already underway for the new season which we will announce as soon as we can. Dolly will most certainly be back where she belongs.”
Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the much-loved musical centres on widower Dolly Gallagher Levi; an esteemed and strong-willed matchmaker to New York’s great and good, who suddenly decides to match herself with shopkeeper Horace Vandergelder.
Confirmed cast members had included Jenna Russell (EastEnders, Sunday in the Park with George), Andy Nyman (Ghost Stories, Fiddler on the Roof), Tyrone Huntley (Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Book of Mormon) and Clare Halse (42nd Street, White Christmas, Gypsy).
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