It will be directed by Terry Johnson, the Tony-wining director of the revival of La Cage aux Folles that transferred to Broadway from the Menier Chocolate Factory and the West End. He is also writing the book, based on the original screenplay by Martin Sherman. Music is by George Fenton and Simon Chamberlain (respectively composer and music director of the film), with lyrics by Don Black. Set in London in 1937, it revolves around a recently-widowed eccentric Laura Henderson who is looking for a way of spending her time and money when her attention falls on a run-down former cinema in Great Windmill Street. Hiring feisty impresario Vivian Van Damm to look after the newly renovated Windmill Theatre, the improbable duo present a bill of non-stop variety acts. But as war looms something more is required to boost morale and box office. When Mrs. Henderson comes up with the idea of The Windmill Girls – glamorous young women posing as nude statues - audiences flock. And as the Blitz hits London, The Windmill provides a refuge for all, boasting the spirit-raising slogan "We Never Close."
It will be produced by The Heywire Partnership, Michael Harrison and Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
To book tickets for the Bath season, contact the box office on 01225 448844 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk.