Maria Friedman will join the cast of London's Fiddler on the Roof revival June 18, assuming the role of Golde opposite Andy Nyman, continuing as Tevye. Friedman, a three-time Olivier Award winner, succeeds Broadway star and four-time Tony nominee Judy Kuhn.
Joining the cast with Friedman is Anita Dobson, veteran of such British productions as Annie, The Three Sisters, Hello, Dolly!, and The Calendar Girls. Dobson succeeds Louise Gold in the role of Yente.
Helmed by three-time Tony-winning director Trevor Nunn (Cats, Les Misérables), Fiddler on the Roof opened at the West End's Playhouse Theatre March 27 following a limited run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Originally scheduled to run through June 15, the production has been extended through September.
Friedman and Dobson will join a cast that also includes Nicola Brown as Chava, Harriet Bunton as Hodel, Dermot Canavan as Lazar Wolf, Stewart Clarke as Perchik, Joshua Gannon as Motel, Matthew Hawksley as Fyedka, and Molly Osborne as Tzeitel.
The ensemble features Miles Barrow, Sofia Bennett, Philip Bertioli, Lottie Casserley, Elena Cervesi, Lia Cohen, Talia Etherington, Shoshana Ezequiel, Isabella Foat, Fenton Gray, James Hameed, Adam Linstead, Adam Margilewski, Robert Maskell, Benny Maslov, Robyn McIntyre, Gaynor Miles, Ellie Mullane, Tania Newton, Craig Pinder, Valentina Theodoulou, and Ed Wade.
Nunn's creative team includes choreographer Matt Cole, set designer Robert Jones, costume designer Jonathan Lipman, hair and makeup designer Richard Mawbey, lighting designer Tim Lutkin, sound designer Gregory Clarke, musical supervisor and directer Paul Bogaev, and orchestratior Jason Carr.
Fiddler on the Roof, the story of Tevye the milkman, his wife, and five daughters, features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein. The musical was last seen in London in May 2007 at the Savoy Theatre with Henry Goodman as Tevye.
An Off-Broadway production of the classic musical, performed entirely in Yiddish, currently plays Stage 42.