Originally premiered in Pittsburgh in 2007 and subsequently seen the same year under the auspices of Lincoln Center Theater at Off-Broadway's Mitzi Newhouse Theater, The Glorious Ones is set in 17th-century Italy and concerns a theatre group in the world of commedia dell'arte and theatre of the Italian Renaissance. The show is described in press materials as a sung valentine to the actor's life, with its joys, hardships and sorrows, set during a period when the comic theatre was beginning to shed its vulgar roots and evolve toward a greater refinement. Its characters travel the length and breadth of Italy, playing commedia dell'arte in the streets and palaces with equal vigour. Founded by the ingenious madman Flaminia Scala, the small company of players endures passionate affairs, riots, disgrace - all manner of triumph and hardship. Pantalone the miser, sunny Armanda the dwarf and gossip loving Columbina view their myriad shared adventures through markedly different eyes. Yet not one of them is prepared for the strange twisting of the road brought about by the mysterious arrival of Isabella Andreini, who is about to change their wayward troupe.
The musical is based on the novel by Francine Prose. It is directed by Robert McWhir, who directed Ahrens and Flaherty's Ragtime at the Landor last year, recently winning three Off-West End Awards (Offies). Musical direction will be by David Randall, with choreography by Robbie O'Reilly, designs by Martin Thomas, lighting by Howard Hudson, costume supervision by Hannah Gibbs and orchestrations by Niall Bailey.
Casting is still to be announced. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7737 7276, or visit www.landortheatre.co.uk for more details.