By Mark Shenton
16 Aug 2010
|Photo by Catherine Ashmore|
Running through Sept. 11, it is co-directed by the Open Air's artistic director Timothy Sheader and Liam Steele, with the latter also acting as movement director. It is designed by Soutra Gilmour, with musical supervision and direction by Gareth Valentine, lighting by Jon Clark, orchestrations by Chris Walker and sound design by Mike Walker.
The full company also features Marc Antolin, Valda Aviks, Ethan Beer, Billy Boyle, Gaye Brown, Sophie Caton, Marilyn Cuetts, Helen Dallimore (the original Glinda in the West End premiere of Wicked), Alice Fearn, Mark Goldthorp, Amy Griffiths, Mark Hadfield, Eddie Manning, Amy Ellen Richardson, Beverley Rudd, Ben Stott, Joshua Swinney, Simon Thomas, Gemma Wardle and Michael Xavier.
Sondheim's musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1987, was first seen in the West End (in a different production) in 1990. It was last revived in the West End in a production at the Donmar Warehouse in 1998.
Waddingham was last seen on the London stage in a concert engagement at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where she previously appeared as Desiree Armfeldt in the Menier's production of A Little Night Music, before subsequently transferring with it to the West End's Garrick Theatre and was Olivier-nominated for her performance. She originated the role of the Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot in the West End production of the show at the Palace Theatre (for which she was also Olivier-nominated), before taking over in the role in the original Broadway production. Other West End musical credits include Lautrec, The Beautiful Game and Tonight's the Night. TV credits include "My Hero," "William and Mary," "Coupling" and "Footballers' Wives." Film credits include "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People," "The Only Boy for Me" and "Note." Later this year she will be seen in the BBC1 comedy "My Family."
To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 826 4242, or visit www.openairtheatre.com.