Maria Friedman Will Direct New Production of High Society In the Round

News   Maria Friedman Will Direct New Production of High Society In the Round
London's Old Vic Theatre is to present the London premiere of Daniel Kitson's Tree, which was previously presented at Manchester's Royal Exchange, and a new production of Cole Porter's musical High Society, presented in the round under the direction of Maria Friedman.

House, which is described as a play about dissent, commitment, two people and a tree, co-stars Kitson and Tim Key, and will begin performances Jan. 5, 2015, for a run through Jan. 31. According to press materials, it's early evening in the middle of autumn, it's just starting to get dark and on a quiet residential street a man with a picnic basket, arrives late, at a tree. High Society, which features music and lyrics by Cole Porrter and a book by Arthur Kopit with additional lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, will begin performances April 30 for a run through Aug. 22. The musical is based on Philip Barry's 1939 play The Philadelphia Story, which was previously revived at the Old Vic in 2005 in a production that starred Kevin Spacey, and the 1956 film "High Society."

Maria Friedman previously directed Sondheim and Furth's Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier Chocolate Factory in a production that subsequently transferred to the West End's Pinter Theatre.

To book tickets, which are on sale to the general public from Dec. 4, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628, or visit

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