The film starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. The London stage version will feature Carly Anderson as Kira, with Samuel Edwards as Sonny, Alison Jiear as Melpomene, Lizzy Connolly as Calliope, Micha Richardson as Erato, Joel Burman as Terpsicore, Nicholas Duncan as Thalia and Emily McGougan as Euterpe.
With a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, the production will be directed by Paul Warwick Griffin and designed by Morgan Large, with choreography by Nathan M. Wright and sound by Richard Brooker.
Performances begin Oct. 16 at Southwark Playhouse prior to an official opening Nov. 2, for a run through Nov. 21.
Anderson is currently appearing in Sunny Afternoon at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End. Other theatre credits include Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, My Fair Lady at Sheffield Crucible and the national tours of South Pacific and The Sound of Music. Edwards recently played Fiyero on the national tour of Wicked. West End credits include Les Miserables, Ghost and Wicked, as well as The Sound of Music at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Jiear is currently in The 3 Little Pigs at the Palace Theatre, and was recently a semi-finalist in this year's "Britain's Got Talent." She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Shawntel in the original National and West End production of Jerry Springer The Opera. Other theatre credits include On the Town for English National Opera and Shoes at Sadler’s Wells. Connolly is appearing in the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath this month. She was recently seen as Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre.
Richardson has appeared in the national tours of Legally Blonde and We Will Rock You.
In the show, Kira, the magical and beautiful Greek muse, descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, CA, on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco. But when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. Xanadu features the chart-topping songs from the film, including "Magic," "Suddenly," "I’m Alive," "Evil Woman," "All Over the World” and, of course, the title track "Xanadu."
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7407 0234, or visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.