London Parade Finds Its Leading Man

News   London Parade Finds Its Leading Man Bertie Carvel will star as Leo Frank — the role originated on Broadway by Brent Carver — in the Donmar Warehouse's upcoming production of Parade, according to the Daily Mail.
Bertie Carvel
Bertie Carvel

Carvel, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, joins the previously announced Lara Pulver (as Lucille) in the forthcoming production of the Jason Robert Brown-Alfred Uhry musical. Rob Ashford will direct Parade, which will play Sept. 14-Nov. 24 at the London venue. The creative team will also include Christopher Oram (design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Nick Lidster and Terry Jard (sound design) and Thomas Murray (musical director).

"Based on the true story of Leo Frank, Parade," according to press notes, "recalls the press frenzy and public hatred surrounding the trial, and his wife's crusade for justice. In a time of religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the musical explores the endurance of love and hope against the odds."

Bertie Carvel has been seen onstage in The Man of Mode, The Life of Galileo, Coram Boy, Faustus, Professor Bernhardi, Rose Bernd, Macbeth, Victory? and Revelations. His screen credits include "True Heroes: Caving," "Dr. Who," "The Genius of Beethoven," "Bombshell," "Suits and Swipes," "Hawking" and "Artificial Light."

Parade features a score by Jason Robert Brown and a book by Alfred Uhry. Harold Prince directed the original Broadway production, which played the Vivian Beaumont Theater Dec. 17, 1998-Feb. 28, 1999. The musical won two Tony Awards: Best Book of a Musical (Uhry) and Best Original Score (Brown).

For more information about Parade, visit www.donmarwarehouse.com.