Anyone Can Whistle Will Play London's Jermyn Street Theatre March 10-April 17

News   Anyone Can Whistle Will Play London's Jermyn Street Theatre March 10-April 17
Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents' 1964 Broadway musical Anyone Can Whistle is to be revived at London's Jermyn Street Theatre, beginning performances March 10 prior to an official opening March 17.
Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim
Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The run will play to April 17, 2010, as part of the London celebrations to mark Sondheim's 80th birthday.

It is directed by Tom Littler, has musical direction by Tom Attwood and is produced by Chantelle Staynings for Primavera in association with Jermyn Street Theatre — the same team behind the 2009 production of Sondheim's Saturday Night, also seen at Jermyn Street, before transferring to the Arts Theatre.

The production will be designed by Morgan Large. The cast will include Issy van Randwyck, Rosalie Craig and David Ricardo-Pearce.

According to press materials, Anyone Can Whistle tells the story of a city riddled with recession and corruption, ruled by a dictatorial mayoress (van Randwyck) who is challenged by a rebellious citizen, Nurse Fay (Craig), and a political dissident, Hapgood (Ricardo-Pearce). In a press statement, director Littler comments, "Anyone Can Whistle was way ahead of its time. This production is going to be a bold reinvention of the piece, going back to Laurents and Sondheim's inspirations — the darkly comic European theatre of Brecht and Kurt Weill. It's a very exciting prospect."

Van Randwyck is well known as a former member of internationally acclaimed cabaret trio Fascinating Aida. Her theatre roles including Petra in A Little Night Music (National Theatre), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre) and many appearances at Regent's Park, including Lois/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate (Olivier award nomination) and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ricardo-Pearce played Gene in Sondheim's Saturday Night (Jermyn Street Theatre) and Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Watermill Theatre, Newbury and West End).

Craig originated the role of Arwen in The Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and recently played Lucy in The Threepenny Opera for BBC Radio 3.

Littler previously directed Saturday Night at Jermyn Street Theatre, and was resident director on the West End transfer of A Little Night Music from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Garrick. He recently directed Bryony Lavery's Origin of the Species at the Arcola Theatre.

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