Tony Nominee Jenna Russell, Samantha Spiro and Tamzin Outhwaite Open in West End Transfer of Di and Viv and Rose Tonight

News   Tony Nominee Jenna Russell, Samantha Spiro and Tamzin Outhwaite Open in West End Transfer of Di and Viv and Rose Tonight
 
Jenna Russell, Tony-nominated in 2008 for Best Actress in a Musical when she reprised her West End performance as Dot in Sunday in the Park with George, and Samantha Spiro join original cast member Tamzin Outhwaite in the West End transfer of Amelia Bullmore's Di and Viv and Rose, opening Jan. 29 at the Vaudeville Theatre (following previews that began Jan. 22).  The play was originally produced at London's Hampstead Theatre in 2012 and again in 2013.

Tamzin Outhwaite
Tamzin Outhwaite

They play the title characters, three women who join forces at university, and the play follows them through the subsequent years, as it explores friendship's impact on life and life's impact on friendship.

It is directed by Anna Mackmin, who has previously directed all of Bullmore's writing for the stage to date including Mammals and a new version of Ibsen's Ghosts at the Gate Theatre.

Outhwaite, who plays Di (through March 28 only), was last seen on the London stage in Breeders (St. James). Other stage credits include Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory, then Theatre Royal Haymarket), Boeing Boeing (Comedy) and Breathing Corpses and Flesh Wound (both Royal Court). TV credits include "New Tricks," "Red Cap," "Doctor Who," "Foyle's War," "Silent Witness," "Law and Order UK" and "EastEnders" (BBC).

Spiro, who plays Viv, is a two-time Olivier Award winner, for Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar Warehouse) and Hello, Dolly! (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park). Last year she played Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe, where the year before she was seen as Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. Other stage credits include the title role in Filmena at the Almeida and Chicken Soup with Barley at the Royal Court.

Russell, who plays Rose, is about to reprise her role as Penelope Pennywise in the West End transfer of Urinetown the Musical. Other recent theatre also includes Mr. Burns (Almeida), Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre, for which she was Olivier-nominated) and Into the Woods at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. Di and Viv and Rose is produced in the West End by Nick Frankfort & Tobias Round for CMP Ltd and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre. It is Hampstead's third recent West End transfer following Good People and Sunny Afternoon, both in 2014. It is designed by Paul Wills, with lighting by Oliver Fenwick, sound by Simon Baker and choreography by Scarlett Mackmin.

To book tickets or for further details, visit diandvivandrose.com.

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