Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Opens at London's Playhouse Tonight | Playbill

News Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Opens at London's Playhouse Tonight The West End premiere of a revised version of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane's 2010 Broadway musical version of the 1988 film of the same name by Pedro Almodóvar, officially opens at London's Playhouse Theatre Jan. 12, following previews that began Dec. 16.

Haydn Gwynne
Haydn Gwynne

Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Jérôme Pradon and Anna Skellern lead the cast, and are joined by Willemijn Verkaik, Ricardo Alfonso and Haydn Oakley.

Additional cast members include Marianne Benedict, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair Natkiel, Nuno Queimado and Dale Rapley.

Originally based by Almodóvar on Jean Cocteau’s The Human Voice, the show portrays Pepa (Greig), Candela (Skellern) and Lucia (Gwynne) struggling for power over their own lives.

Greig, who plays Pepa, won the Laurence Olivier and Critics' Circle Awards for her performance in the RSC's Much Ado About Nothing

In a press statement when Greig was cast, she commented, "I am excited, thrilled and terrified to have been invited to collaborate with artists of the calibre of Pedro Almodóvar, Bart Sher, David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane to perform in a musical. If it's true that you are only as good as the company you keep, then I am in very safe hands. And I feel very fortunate to have been encouraged – well, bullied – by my agent to have singing lessons, to learn new skills and to experience other creative mediums. I have also run out of excuses why I can't do it!" Gwynne, who play Lucia, was seen on the West End and Broadway stage as the original Mrs. Wilkinson in Billy Elliot the Musical, and most recently was seen as Mrs. Thatcher in The Audience at the Gielgud Theatre.

Pradon, who plays Ivan, was most recently seen in the French production of Mamma Mia! His West End credits include Whistle Down the Wind, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre, The Lord of the Rings and Pacific Overtures.

Skellern, who plays Candela, has appeared in London in Holding the Man (Trafalgar Studios) and The Vegemite Tales (The Venue). Verkaik, who plays Paulina, is best known for her role as Elphaba in the musical Wicked, which she has performed in London, Broadway, Germany and Holland. She has also played Scaramouche and Killer Queen in We Will Rock You, Amneris in Aida and the title role in Elisabeth.

Afonso, who plays the Taxi Driver, has appeared in the West End in Thriller Live (Lyric Theatre), We Will Rock You (Dominion) and Top Hat (Aldwych). 

Oakley, who plays Carlos, recently starred as Gilbert Chilvers in the U.K. tour of Betty Blue Eyes. Other theatre credits include The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales), Wonderful Town (2012 U.K. tour) and We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre).

The production has been reconceived and re-imagined for the U.K. stage by its original Broadway director Bartlett Sher.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7631, or visit www.WomenOnTheVergeMusical.com.

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