London's Union Theatre to Revive Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife; Cast Announced

News   London's Union Theatre to Revive Stephen Schwartz's The Baker's Wife; Cast Announced
London's fringe Union Theatre in Southwark will revive Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein’s 1976 musical The Baker’s Wife that played a U.S. try-out tour that closed on the road before it reached Broadway, but was subsequently staged by Trevor Nunn in the West End in 1989 in a production that also flopped.

Lisa Stokke
Lisa Stokke Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth

The Union's production will begin performances Sept. 21, prior to an official opening Sept. 23, for a run through Oct. 15. It will be directed by Michael Strassen, who recently directed Schwartz's Godspell at the Union and has also previously directed Sondheim's Assassins there.

The cast will feature Lisa Stokke (the original Sophie in London’s Mamma Mia! as Geneviève, with Michael Matus (original London cast of Martin Guerre) as Aimable, and Matthew Goodgame (Chicago) as Dominique. Also in the cast are James Ballanger, Ricky Butt, Joanna Kirkland, Mark Lawson, Karl Moffatt, Ian Mowat, Natalie Viccars, Craig Webb and Ross Witherden.

The Baker’s Wife, which has a book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler on the Roof) and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell and Wicked), is based on "La Femme du Boulanger" by Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono. Set in 1935 in a small French village, the show explores the nature of marriage and the unpredictable excitement of the knight in shining armor. If bread represents life then the baker’s new young wife represents danger to the people of this community.

Musical direction is by Chris Mundy, with lighting design by Steve Miller. It is produced by Sasha Regan for the Union Theatre.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7261 9876, or visit for more details.

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