The Pajama Game, first seen at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre earlier this summer in 2013, is to transfer to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre, with performances commencing 1st May, 2014, ahead of an official opening 13th May 2014.
Joanna Riding will reprise her role of Babe Williams that she portrayed at Chichester, with Michael Xavier joining the cast to replace Hadley Fraser as Sid Sorokin, superintendent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory where she is the union rep for the workers.
The Pajama Game, features words and music by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and a book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, and focuses on what happens at the factory when the employees are refused a seven-and-a-half cents raise in pay.
Director Eyre commented, “The Pajama Game was the first musical I ever heard – on an album belonging to my sister when I was 14. I had never seen it until I directed it at Chichester. It was a long wait to discover what an entrancing, joyful, tuneful and sharp show it is.”
Joanna Riding, is currently appearing in Eyre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Stephen Ward, has won Olivier Awards for her performances as Julie in Carousel and Eliza in My Fair Lady, both of which produced by the National Theatre. Riding has also appeared at the National in A Little Night Music and Oh! What A Lovely War. Additional West End credits include Blithe Spirit, Billy Elliot, The Witches of Eastwick and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
Michael Xavier has been Olivier-nominated for his performances in Love Story and in Into The Woods. His credits include My Fair Lady, The Phantom of The Opera and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game is produced in the West End by Joseph Smith and John Brant, Old Vic Productions, Gavin Kalin, Neil Franklin and Stephen McGill.
16th December 2013