Aspects of Love Blushes Anew July 7 in London; Michael Arden, Katherine Kingsley Star

News   Aspects of Love Blushes Anew July 7 in London; Michael Arden, Katherine Kingsley Star
 
The intimate new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart's musical Aspects of Love begins performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London July 7 prior to an official opening July 15 for a run through Sept. 26.

Trevor Nunn directs Michael Arden as Alex Dillingham, Katherine Kingsley as Rose Vibert, Dave Willetts as George, Rosalie Craig as Giulietta, Martyn Ellis as Marcel and Rebecca Brewer as Jenny, along with Jill Armour, Louisa Lydell, Ian McLarnon, David Roberts, Savannah Stevenson, Dominic Tighe and Rebecca Trehearn.

 

Nunn directed the world-premiere production that opened at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre in 1989 and its subsequent Broadway bow at the Broadhurst the following year. The new staging is designed by David Farley, with choreography by Lynne Page, lighting by Paul Pyant, musical supervision by Caroline Humphris, musical direction by Tom Murray, orchestrations by David Cullen and sound by Gareth Owen.

Read Playbill.com's recent interview with Menier artistic director David Babani, who talks about reinventing Aspects of Love in the 140-seat Menier Chocolate Factory.

* Arden made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in the revival of Big River in 2003, and more recently he was seen in the short-lived The Times They Are A-Changing, Twyla Tharp's dance musical based on the music of Bob Dylan. Off-Broadway his credits include Swimming in the Shallows, Bare, Ace, God of Vengeance, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale and The Secret Garden. His TV and film credits include "Bones," "Numbers" and "Grey’s Anatomy" as well as "Bride Wars" and "The Good Shepherd."

Kingsley was last seen in The 39 Steps on U.K. tour. Her other theatre credits include Piaf for the Donmar Warehouse and at the Vaudeville Theatre for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, The Truth Will Out for the Old Vic, The Black and White Ball at the King’s Head Theatre, Hobson’s Choice for the Chichester Festival Theatre, High Society at the Shaftesbury Theatre and on U.K. tour and The Canterbury Tales for Bristol Old Vic. Her television credits include "The Bill," "Hollyoaks" and "Casualty." Her film credits include "Weekend," "Days of the Siren" and "100 Second Marriage."

Willetts was last in the West End as Max in Sunset Boulevard at the Comedy Theatre. Other West End credits include Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre, the title role in Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Ragtime at the Piccadilly Theatre and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Craig's stage credits include Anyone Can Whistle at Jermyn Street Theatre, The Cocktail Party at the Donmar Warehouse and Hecuba and Alice in Wonderland, both for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ellis' West End theatre credits include Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables, The 39 Steps and The Lion King, as well as Grand Hotel at the Donmar Warehouse.

Brewer is making her professional stage debut in Aspects of Love.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7907 7060, or visit www.menierchocolatefactory.com.

Michael Arden in rehearsal for <i>Aspects of Love</i>.
Michael Arden in rehearsal for Aspects of Love. Photo by Catherine Ashmore
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