It will begin performances Aug. 10 prior to an official opening Aug. 16, for a run through Sept. 17.
Previously seen in London in a production at the Donmar Warehouse in 2007 that marked the directorial debut of Broadway’s Rob Ashford, it will now be directed by Thom Southerland, choreographed by Tim Jackson, and designed by John Risebero, with lighting by Howard Hudson and musical direction by Michael Bradley. It is produced by Danielle Tarento, co-founder of the Menier Chocolate Factory who also recently produced Sondheim’s Company at Southwark Playhouse.
According to press materials, Parade centers on a true incident - the 1913 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, who was accused and convicted of raping and murdering a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan. The trial, sensationalized by the US media, aroused antisemitic tensions in Atlanta and the state of Georgia. When Frank's death sentence was commuted to life in prison by the departing Governor of Georgia, John M. Slaton due to his detailed review of over 10,000 pages of testimony and possible problems with the trial, Leo Frank was transferred to a prison in Milledgeville, Georgia, where a lynching party seized and kidnapped him. Frank was taken to Phagan's hometown of Marietta, Georgia, and he was hanged from an oak tree. The events surround the investigation and trial led to two groups emerging, the revival of the defunct KKK and the birth of the Jewish Civil Rights organization. Parade covers the trial, and also dramatizes the love story between Leo and his wife Lucille.
Casting is yet to be announced.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.