West End Revival of Little Night Music Extends; Eyes Broadway Opening

News   West End Revival of Little Night Music Extends; Eyes Broadway Opening The Menier Chocolate Factory's West End transfer of its production of Sondheim and Wheeler's 1973 Broadway musical A Little Night Music has extended booking at the Garrick Theatre to Sept. 5.

Hannah Waddingham
Hannah Waddingham

The production, which began performances there March 28 prior to an official opening on April 7, was originally booking to July 25.

In a press statement, co-producer David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions (who have brought it to the West End in partnership with Andrew Fell and Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer for Nimax Theatres) commented, "It is with great excitement that we are able to announce further London performances of Trevor Nunn's Chocolate Factory production of A Little Night Music. Since its original opening in December last year, the production has played to packed houses both at the Chocolate Factory and the Garrick Theatre, and discussions are currently underway for a Broadway production to open later this year."

As previously reported, a casting notice indicated that the Trevor Nunn-directed production of Night Music will begin rehearsals for Broadway in October with an opening some time in December. Dates are "tentative," according to the Equity casting notice. The notice also said that all roles are open for the Broadway staging.

The Menier Chocolate Factory is also currently represented in the West End by its production of La Cage aux Folles, now playing at the Playhouse. A Little Night Music is also the second Menier production of a Sondheim show to transfer to the West End: Its production of Sunday in the Park with George moved to Wyndham's and was subsequently also staged under the auspices of Roundabout Theatre Company at Broadway's Studio 54. Other Menier shows to go onto a further life have included its U.K. premiere of Fully Committed (which transferred to the Arts), Little Shop of Horrors (Duke of York's and New Ambassadors, and now on a national tour), Dealer's Choice and Maria Friedman Re-Arranged (both of which transferred to the Trafalgar Studios).

Led by a cast including Hannah Waddingham as Desiree, Maureen Lipman as Madame Armfeldt, Alexander Hanson as Fredrik, Kelly Price as Countess Charlotte Malcolm and Jessie Buckley as Anne Egerman, Trevor Nunn's production of A Little Night Music has musical supervision by Caroline Humphris, set and costume design by David Farley, choreography by Lynne Page, orchestrations by Jason Carr, with lighting by Hartley T A Kemp and sound by Gareth Owen. The West End cast also includes John Addison (Mr. Erlanson), Laura Armstrong (Mrs. Anderssen), Lynden Edwards (Mr. Lindquist), Kaisa Hammarlund (Petra), Alistair Robins (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm), Nicola Sloane (Mrs. Segstrom) and Gabriel Vick (Henrik Egerman). Holly Hallam and Grace Link alternate in the role of Fredrika Armfeldt. To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 412 4662 or visit www.nightmusiclondon.com.

Alexander Hanson, Hannah Waddingham and Alistair Robbins in <i>A Little Night Music</i>
Alexander Hanson, Hannah Waddingham and Alistair Robbins in A Little Night Music Photo by Tristram Kenton