Ensemble Announced for Lloyd Webber's Woman in White

News   Ensemble Announced for Lloyd Webber's Woman in White More casting has been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, The Woman in White, which begins performances at London's Palace Theatre Aug. 28 with an official opening Sept. 15.

As previously reported, Olivier Award winners Michael Crawford (Count Fosco) and Maria Friedman (Marian) will co-star in the new musical, with Angela Christian now set for the title role. The Woman in White will also feature Martin Crewes as Walter Hartwright, Oliver Darley as Sir Percival Glyde, Jill Paice as Laura Fairlie and Edward Petherbridge as Mr. Fairlie.

Joining the main players will be Nicky Adams, Greg Clarke, Adrian Der Gregorian, Susie Fenwick, Helen George, John Griffiths, Jo Napthine and James Spilling in the ensemble with Eoin Cannon, Christopher Connah, Andrew Kellen, Paul Kemble, Joanna Kirkland and Yvette Robinson as swings.

Based on Wilkie Collins' novel "The Woman in White," the musical has been adapted for the stage by Charlotte Jones, author of Humble Boy. City of Angels' David Zippel has penned the lyrics to Lloyd Webber's music. Trevor Nunn directs.

The remainder of the creative team comprises William Dudley (set and costume design), Paul Pyant (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Wayne McGregor (dance and movement) and Simon Lee (musical supervisor).

According to production notes, The Woman in White concerns "a dashing young man, employed as the art tutor to two devoted sisters, [who] is stranded at a remote railway cutting. Out of the darkness looms a woman, a mysterious figure dressed in white, desperate to share a chilling secret. He and the sisters soon find themselves trapped in a web of betrayal and greed, the victims of a seemingly flawless crime. Together they will need all their resourcefulness and courage to outwit a hugely charismatic and ingenious villain. As the compelling plot twists and turns, low villainy vies with high romance in a world where nothing is as it first appears and where it is impossible to know who to trust." The Woman in White will play Monday-Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Palace Theatre box office at 0870 895 5579.