Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever to Receive London Revival; Casting Announced

News   Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever to Receive London Revival; Casting Announced
Closer Than Ever, the Maltby and Shire revue first seen Off-Broadway in 1989, will be revived at London's Landor Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 14, prior to an official opening Sept. 15, for a run through Oct. 9.

Glyn Kerslake
Glyn Kerslake

The company will comprise West End regulars Clare Burt, Michael Cahill, Ria Jones and Glyn Kerslake. Closer Than Ever will be directed by Robert McWhir, artistic director of the Landor Theatre, and choreographed by Matthew Gould.

Burt was last seen on the London stage in Coram Boy and The Miracle, both at the National Theatre. Her West End musical roles include the original London productions of Howard Goodall's The Hired Man and Girlfriends, the U.K. premiere production of Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre, and Susan in Sam Mendes' revival of Company, Carla in Nine and the Witch in Into the Woods (all at the Donmar Warehouse). She has also appeared as a take-over Grizabella in Cats at the New London Theatre and Rose Vibert in Aspects of Love at the Prince of Wales Theatre. On TV, she was most recently seen in the BAFTA Award-winning "Criminal Justice."

Cahill is an actor, director and choreographer. West End credits include Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Martin Guerre and King.

Jones' West End credits include the original production of Chess, a two-year run as Grizabella in Cats, Fantine in Les Miserables, the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and High Society. Regionally and on tour, she has starred in Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques and The Witches of Eastwick.

Kerslake was recently seen as John Wilkes Booth in the Union Theatre's production of Assassins. West End credits include Scrooge, The Phantom of the Opera, Martin Guerre, Les Miserables, Sunset Boulevard and Miss Saigon.

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