Jerry Hall Joins Porter’s High Society for West End Transfer

News   Jerry Hall Joins Porter’s High Society for West End Transfer
Jerry Hall will return to the West End in a revival of Cole Porter’s High Society. It’s a far cry from some rather saucier roles she has taken in London over recent years, including the seductive Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate and The Vagina Monologues.

But then, Hall has been steadily building up her theatre credits for some time. As well as those shows, London and New York have seen her in Bus Stop, Picasso’s Women and Benchmark. In 2004 she set an official record for appearing in six West End shows in one night, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Anything Goes.

Hall is Texan by birth and trained at the Actors Studio in New York. Her autobiography, which detailed her early years as a model in Paris (before she famously married Mick Jagger), was published in 1985. Her screen work includes the movies “Savage Hearts,” “Batman” and “Urban Cowboy,” while VH1 has been showing her new TV series “Kept” (a reality show).

The musical is transferring from the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, and is directed by Ian Talbot. Hall joins the cast as Mother Lord. The show, with a book by Arthur Kopit, is based on The Philadelphia Story — and this production quickly follows the Old Vic’s staging of that play starring Kevin Spacey.

Graham Bickley, whose West End credits include Ragtime (which bagged him an Olivier Award nomination) and The Pajama Game, plays Dexter Haven. Katherine Kingsley is Tracy Lord — a relative newcomer who graduated from drama school in 2003, she was previously seen in the West End in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. And, Paul Robinson, best known for his Olivier-nominated turn in Singin’ in the Rain at the National Theatre, plays Mike Connor.

The cast also includes Ria Jones (Liz Imbrie), James Jordan (Seth Lord), Royston Kean (Uncle Willie), Claire Redcliffe (Dinah Lord) and Bryan Torfeh (George Kittredge). Set and costume designs are by Paul Farnsworth, musical direction by James Dunsmore, choreography by Gillian Gregory and lighting design by Jason Taylor. The show is produced by Mark Goucher Productions, and will begin previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre Oct. 1. It opens Oct. 10 and is booking through March 25, 2006.

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