Love Story to Receive Revival at London's Union Theatre

News   Love Story to Receive Revival at London's Union Theatre
 
Love Story, Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark's 2010 musical based on the 1970 film of the same name and Erich Segal's best-selling novel, is to be revived at London's Union Theatre. It will begin performances Oct. 1, prior to an official opening Oct. 3, for a run through Oct. 25.

The musical premiered at Chichester's Minerva Theatre in June 2010 before transferring to the West End's Duchess Theatre later that year, wth Michael Ball co-producing the transfer with Adam Spiegel and Stephen Waley-Cohen. The original cast was led by Emma Williams and Michael Xavier.

Now Sasha Regan, artistic director of the Union, will direct a production that features Victoria Serra and David Albury. Choreography is by Lucie Pankhurst, with designs by Elle-Rose Hughes and musical direction by Inga Davis-Rutter.

In the show, Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver's wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives.

Albury, who plays Oliver Barrett IV, graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a MA in Music Theatre. Before leaving college he was cast in the first U.K. tour of The Lion King. He understudied and played the role of Simba numerous times, before returning to complete his studies in 2013. Following that, he played the role of Zack, and understudied the role of Matt, in Bare at the Greenwich Theatre. Most recently he appeared in this year's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre production of Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, understudying and playing the role of Robbins, and understudying the role of Jake.

Serra, who plays Jennifer Cavilleri, trained in film and television in New York at Film Academy ACTeen, then returned to England to get her degree at the Guildford School of Acting. Professional credits include Sophie in the international tour of Mamma Mia!, Kate McGowan in Titanic at Southwark Playhouse, Amy Delamaro in Burlesque at Jermyn Street Theatre and Iola Stover in Parade at Southwark Playhouse. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7261 9876 or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/uniontheatre.

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