West End Run of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg to End in May

News   West End Run of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg to End in May The West End run of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, currently running at the Gielgud Theatre, will shutter May 21. It was originally booking through Oct. 1.

Andrew Durand and Carly Bawden
Andrew Durand and Carly Bawden Photo by Steve Tanner

In a press statement, producer Daniel Sparrow commented, "Together with my co-producing team, we are immensely proud to have brought our production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg to the West End following its run in Leicester earlier this year. However despite consistently positive audience responses, for economic reasons we are having to close earlier than anticipated. To have worked with Emma Rice, Kneehigh, our hugely talented creative team, cast and company has been a privilege and as producers, our on-going ambition to bring fresh, innovative and original work to the West End will continue to be pursued. Following positive interest in the show from the global theatrical community, plans for a UK tour and various international productions of Umbrellas are currently in discussion."

Based on the 1964 French film of the same name and featuring music by Michel Legrand, the stage version is directed by Emma Rice, with lyrics translated by Sheldon Harnick. It is produced in the West End by Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh Productions, Curve Leicester, City Lights Enterprises, Raise the Roof 6 in association with Be My Productions, Jane Dubin, True Love/Fabula Media, Watson/Manocherian and Andrew Bendell.

The cast comprises Joanna Riding (Madame Emery), Meow Meow (Maitresse), Carly Bawden (Genevieve), Gareth Charlton (Sailor), Andrew Durand (Guy), Cynthia Erivo (Madelaine), Dominic Marsh (Cassard), Aki Omoshaybi (Sailor), Matt Wilman (Sailor) and ensemble members Laura Brydon, Gillian Budd and Chris Jenkins.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130, or visit www.umbrellasofcherbourg.com.

Joanna Riding and Sailors
Joanna Riding and Sailors Photo by Steve Tanner
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