By Mark Shenton
04 Dec 2008
|Photo by Tristram Kenton|
The production opened Nov. 15, 2006, following previews from Nov. 3, under the direction of Jeremy Sams. The cast was originally headed by Connie Fisher (who won the role of Maria von Trapp by public vote in the BBC1 reality series "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?") and Alexander Hanson (who replaced the originally cast Simon Shepherd after just two preview performances) as Captain von Trapp.
The production currently features Summer Strallen and Simon MacCorkindale. On Monday evenings and Wednesday matinees, the role of Maria is played by the understudy; additionally, Strallen is on holiday from Jan. 22-24, 2009, and Simon MacCorkindale is on holiday from Dec. 8-13.
Fisher will return to the show to launch the national tour of the production at Cardiff's Millennium Centre, where it will run July 26-Aug. 29, 2009, before continuing to Bradford's Alhambra and Southampton's Mayflower. Further touring dates are to be announced. In between her original stint in the show and now, Fisher has also been in They're Playing Our Song at London's Menier Chocolate Factory.
The Sound of Music is also currently running at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre, where it opened Oct. 15 (following previews from Oct. 3), starring newcomer Elicia MacKenzie as Maria, who – as in London – was cast by a reality TV competition held on CBC-TV, and Burke Moses as Capt. Von Trapp.
For tickets for the remainder of the London Palladium run of The Sound of Music, contact the box office at 0844 412 4655 or visit www.soundofmusiclondon.com.