What Did London Critics Think of Amour at Charing Cross Theatre?

The Verdict   What Did London Critics Think of Amour at Charing Cross Theatre?
The Michel Legrand musical made its U.K. debut May 8.
Anna O'Byrne and Gary Tushaw Scott Rylander

The U.K. debut of Michel Legrand’s Amour (seen on Broadway in 2002) officially opened at London's Charing Cross Theatre May 8.

Inspired by Marcel Aymé’s short story Le Passe-Muraille and featuring English lyrics by Jeremy Sams (from the original French by Didier Van Cauwelaert), the musical follows a civil servant who, upon learning he can walk through walls, leads a double life as a Robin Hood-esque figure and sets out to woo Isabelle, who is locked away by her controlling husband.

Leading the company are Gary Tushaw (Charing Cross’ Ragtime) as Dusoleil, Anna O’Byrne (The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies) as Isabelle, and Alasdair Harvey as the Prosecutor. The production, directed by Hannah Chissick, runs through July 20.

Read reviews for the U.K. premiere below.

The Guardian (John Lewis)

LondonTheatre.co.uk (Mark Shenton)

The Stage (Tim Bano)

Time Out London (Alice Saville)

The Times (Ann Treneman)

The Upcoming (Marissa Khaos)

Rounding out the company are Elissa Churchill, Claire Machin, Keith Ramsay, Steven Serlin, Alistair So, and Daniel Stockton, plus understudies Laura Barnard and Jack Reitman.

The staging features choreography by Matt Cole, sets and costumes by Adrian Gee, lighting design by Rob Halliday, and sound design by Andrew Johnson. Jordan Li-Smith serves as music director.

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