McQueen Will Transfer to West End Without "Glee" Star Diana Agron

News   McQueen Will Transfer to West End Without "Glee" Star Diana Agron
 
James Phillips' McQueen, a play about the late fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen that received its world premiere at London's St. James Theatre in May, is set to transfer to the West End's Theatre Royal, Haymarket, beginning performances Aug. 13 prior to an official opening Aug. 27, for a limited run through Nov. 7.

Stephen Wight will reprise his original performance in the title role, newly joined by Carly Bawden as Dahlia, originated by Dianna Agron but who is not transferring owing to filming commitments. Reprising their roles as Isabella Blow and Arabella will be Tracy-Ann Oberman and Laura Rees, respectively. Michael Bertenshaw will be joining the cast as Mr. Hitchcock. Further casting for the West End transfer is to be announced.

Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen

In a press statement, Janet McQueen, one of McQueen's sisters, commented of the play, "It was as though the play and Stephen's performance brought Lee back to me again. I felt as though he was real again for me."

For the transfer to the West End, scenes have been rewritten and an interval has been added. Playwright Phillips commented, "I'm so delighted to have McQueen in the West End, and to take this opportunity to refine some things from the original production. For me, it's also thrilling that we’re going into the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as it was in this theatre that I had my first ever professional job, a few months after leaving college. I was a peasant – a silent role! – in Miss Julie starring Christopher Eccleston, Aisling O’Sullivan and Maxine Peake that Thelma Holt produced. It really is one of the most beautiful theatres I’ve ever been in."

The production is directed by John Caird, co-director of the original production of Les Miserables, still running at the Queen's Theatre and the longest-running musical in West End history. It is designed by David Farley, with choreography by Christopher Marney, video design by Tim Bird, lighting design by David Howe, sound design by John Leonard, wigs designed by Linda McKnight and casting by Kate Plantin CDG & Jayne Collins CDG.

It is produced at the Theatre Royal Haymarket by Robert Mackintosh, AMIR Ltd, Hilary A. Williams, Deborah Negri, with Julian Stoneman as executive producer, for and on behalf of McQ Productions Ltd. 

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7930 8800 or visit www.mcqueentheplay.com for more details.

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