West End's A Little Night Music Will Close July 25

News   West End's A Little Night Music Will Close July 25 The Menier Chocolate Factory's West End transfer of its production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1973 Broadway musical, A Little Night Music, will not extend to Sept. 5, after all.

The staging at the Garrick will close July 25, which was the original end date for the acclaimed revival.

A Little Night Music, directed by Trevor Nunn, began at the Garrick March 28 prior to an official opening on April 7.

The production (but not necessarily the cast) will play Broadway in the 2009-10 season.

David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions brought the show to the West End in partnership with Andrew Fell and Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer for Nimax Theatres. It opened in December 2008 at the Chocolate Factory.

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.

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As previously reported, a casting notice indicated that the Trevor Nunn 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.

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