The critically acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre production arrives in London for a strictly limited 13-week run from 10th December 2015 to 12th March 2016, with an official opening night on 6th January 2016.
Reprising their roles from the original Chichester run in summer 2014 are Sophie Thompson as Miss Adelaide and Jamie Parker as Sky Masterson. Completing the principal line-up are David Haig as Nathan Detroit and Siubhan Harris as Sarah Brown.
The London cast also features Lucy Jane Adcock, Abigail Brodie, Cornelius Clarke, Momar Diagne, Lavinia Fitzpatrick, Lorna Gale, Nic Greenshields, Selina Hamilton, Ian Hughes, Frankie Jenna, Jacob Maynard, Neil McCaul, Genevieve Nicole, William Oxborrow, Max Parker, Carl Patrick, James Revell, Giovanni Spano, Gavin Spokes, Jonathan Stewart, Lucie Mae Sumner and Liam Wrate.
Nathan Detroit is desperate: he needs money for an illegal dice game, and he needs it fast. Not to mention a 14 year engagement with night‑club singer Miss Adelaide whose patience is finally running out. Enter notorious gambler Sky Masterson, a guy who can never turn down a bet, and straight‑laced missionary Sarah Brown, a doll with a heart of ice. The wager: Sky has to romance Sarah by taking her to Havana for dinner and in return he’ll provide a dozen ‘sinners’ for Sarah’s mission. Surely this is one bet Nathan absolutely can’t lose?
Guys and Dolls first premiered on Broadway in 1950 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. It has a book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and Frank Loesser’s classic score includes such songs as ‘Luck Be A Lady’, ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’ and ‘My Time of Day’. It opened in the West End at the London Coliseum in 1953 and has been revived several times – the musical was last seen in London with Michael Grandage’s 2005 revival at the Piccadilly Theatre.
The 1955 film adaption starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine.
Chichester Festival Theatre staged a revival of the musical as part of their 2014 summer season, with Peter Polycarpou and Clare Harper starring as Nathan Detroit and Sarah Brown in the production at the Festival Theatre.
Guys and Dolls is produced in the West End by Tristan Baker and Charlie Parsons for Runaway Entertainment, Oliver Royds for BOS Productions, Richard Darbourne Ltd. and Tulchin Bartner Productions. Directed by Gordon Greenberg and featuring choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright, it also has design by Peter McKintosh, lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Paul Groothius, orchestrations by Larry Blank, and musical supervision, musical direction and dance arrangements by Gareth Valentine.
Following its West End run, Guys and Dolls will visit further venues around the UK. The 2016 tour dates are listed below:
16th – 19th March (Liverpool Empire)
22nd March – 2nd April (Theatre Royal, Newcastle)
5th – 9th April (His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen)
12th – 16th April (Edinburgh Playhouse)
19th – 23rd April (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield)
26th – 30th April (Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin)
3rd – 7th May (Theatre Royal, Norwich)
17th – 21st May (Mayflower Theatre, Southampton)
24th – 28th May (Grand Theatre, Leeds)
31st May – 4th June (Theatre Royal, Plymouth)
7th – 11th June (King’s Theatre, Glasgow)
14th – 18th June (Milton Keynes Theatre)
21st – 25th June (Theatre Royal, Nottingham)
28th June – 2nd July (Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury)
5th – 9th July (New Theatre, Cardiff)
12th – 16th July (Bristol Hippodrome)
19th – 23rd July (Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton)
26th – 30th July (New Victoria Theatre, Woking)