Casting Announced for New Production of Sondheim's Marry Me a Little at London's St. James Studio

By Mark Shenton
20 Jun 2014

Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford are to star in the previously announced new production of the Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little, which begins performances July 29 at London's St. James Theatre Studio, prior to an official opening July 31, for a run of 16 performances only through Aug. 10.



Bailey was most recently seen in the West End as Liam in I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium. Prior to this he toured the U.K. as Raoul in Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of The Phantom of the Opera, a role he has also played in the West End. Other West End shows include Passion (Donmar Warehouse), Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen's Theatre) and Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre). He is also a founding member of singing group Teatro.

Pitt-Pulford was most recently seen as The Falconer in the Tori Amos musical The Light Princess at the National Theatre. Other recent credits include A Man of No Importance at Salisbury Playhouse, Piaf and Hello, Dolly! (both at Leicester Curve Theatre) and Mack & Mabel and Parade (both at Southwark Playhouse).

Presented by Aria Entertainment in association with Guy James and Knockhardy Productions, it will be directed by Hannah Chissick with musical direction by David Randall. The show, conceived and developed by Craig Lucas and Norman René, was last seen in London at the Bridewell Theatre in 1997.

According to press materials, the show "pieces together a selection of songs by Sondheim to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they’re just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams." It is told entirely through songs written early in Sondheim’s career or previously intended for his musicals, including A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music.

The show was co-created by Craig Lucas, who met Sondheim whilst performing in the ensemble of the original Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. In discussions at rehearsals and parties, Sondheim mentioned to Lucas the large number of songs he had written that hadn’t been performed or published. Lucas requested permission to use these songs, and with his collaborator Norman René, pieced them together to create a narrative between a young man and woman. Marry Me a Little premiered Off Off-Broadway in 1980.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 264 2140, or visit www.stjamestheatre.co.uk.