Marguerite to Receive Revised London Fringe Staging; Casting Announced
By Mark Shenton
Marguerite, the 2008 musical that features music by Michel Legrand and was co-written with Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Herbert Kretzmer, is to receive a revised production at London's fringe Tabard Theatre in Chiswick. It will begin performances Oct. 3 prior to an official opening Oct. 9, for a run through Oct. 27.
Set in 1942 in Nazi Occupied Paris, the French are torn in two: collaborating safely or dangerously resisting the German rule. At its heart is Marguerite, an ageing chanteuse and the kept mistress of a German General, who falls hopelessly in love with a member of the resistance only half her age. Marguerite re-tells Alexandra Dumas' romantic novel "La Dame aux Camelias."
This revised staging features a new book, co-written with Guy Unsworth with the involvement of Boublil. Unsworth also directs, with choreography by Cressida Carré. It will feature a reworked seven-piece acoustic orchestration, under the musical direction of Alex Parker, as well as brand-new Michel Legrand songs.
The cast includes Yvette Robinson in the title role (originally played by Ruthie Henshall), as well as Zoe Doano, James Darch, Alastair Knights, James Meunier, Nadim Naaman, Daniel Oliver, Michael Onslow, Jessica Parker, Jennifer Rhodes and Mark Turnbull.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8995 6035 or visit www.tabardtheatre.co.uk for more details.
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